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Google Set To Run Offline

By KJ Mullins     May 30, 2007 in Internet
Google is set to start working offline soon. New software going out will run both online and offline. It will make it possible to use your computer anywhere. Trains and airplane computer use will both be easier with the new Google Gears.
User will be able to use computers, phones and other devices to manipulate Web services like e-mail, online calendars or news readers while they are offline.
"The Web is great but it doesn't work very well when you don't have a Web connection," Jeff Huber, Google's vice president of engineering, said in an interview. "Gears addresses a functional gap on the Web."
The Google Gears will be offered as "open source" software allowing other developers will be able to use the software in their own programming.
Early partners who will use Gears in their products include design software leader Adobe Systems Inc., maker of Flash animation and Acrobat document-sharing software, as well as new Apollo tools that work online and offline, Adobe said.
Mozilla the group behind Firefox is working with Google to expand it with their network.
The first product that will utilize Google Gears will be the Google Reader which allows users to track hundreds of web sites for updates.
The company speculates that the biggest impact could be in places like Africa, South America and Asia where Internet service is often spotty.
Google made the announcement ahead of its Google Developer Day conference, which is taking place on Thursday in 10 cities around the world starting in Sydney and culminating at the San Jose Convention Center in Silicon Valley later in the day.
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