Friday, February 22, 2008

Technology Review: TR10: Offline Web Applications

imho Notes and Groove are the only (beyond-messaging) apps that robustly and seamlessly support disconnected mode today; it'll be interesting to see if AIR, Gears, and other approaches are widely successful

[...] But cloud computing has drawbacks: users give up the ability to save data to their own hard drives, to drag and drop items between applications, and to receive notifications, such as appointment reminders, when the browser window is closed.

So while many companies have rushed to send users to the clouds, Lynch and his team have been planning the return trip. With the system they're developing, the Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), programmers can use Web technologies to build desktop applications that people can run online or off.

Technology Review: TR10: Offline Web Applications

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