June 2, 2007

Web Software from Google That Runs Offline

Google unveiled a web software that runs both online, and offline, marking a big change for the Internet industry. It would allow users to manipulate Web services like e-mail, online calendars or news readers whether online, or offline.

The technology, called Google gears , is an open source browser extension for enabling offline web applications. Now developers will be able to create web applications that don't need a constant Internet connection to work. There are like software available, but will be able to make limited searches offline, since they will have downloaded data automatically when connected. Google's full web search functions would return once the user reconnects to the web.

Google Gears provide three key features - A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server, a database, to store and access data from within the browser, and a worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

Google Gears is currently an early-access developers' release. If you wish to install Google Gears on your computer, visit the Google Gears Home Page. Please note that Google Gears is not yet intended for general use.

To learn more about Gears click here
Source: tech2.com

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