Web Apps Go OfflineWeb Apps Go Offline
The BrainYard - Where collaborative minds congregate.
March 6, 2008
While there's been much talk about Microsoft's expanded foray into SaaS this week, the SaaS market continues to be limited by one key factor - web-based apps require Internet connectivity to function. This isn't a big deal for those of us working in office environments with always-on Internet connectivity. But for the mobile professional with spotty WiFi or cellular coverage, disconnect can be non-productive.
Last week Adobe joined Google's "Gears" initiative in delivering AIR, a development environment enabling web-based applications to function even if there is no Internet connectivity. Smaller companies such as Etelos offer a similar framework. My guess is that providing off-line functionality to web apps eliminates the last major barrier to their adoption. What's your take?
About the Author(s)
You May Also Like