Google shift up a Gear

Since Google announced Gears in May there’s been little concrete news on what’s going to be offline enabled next. On Friday, Google released a technical demonstration of putting Blogger offline using the new API. Nice, but make with the good stuff Google! Writing blog entries in a text editor while offline isn’t too much trouble but taking Calendar, Gmail, Docs & Spreadsheets offline would be really useful.

No official confirmation has come out of the Googleplex but TechCrunch is reporting the Gmail may be next. Douglas Crockford’s recent trip to Google raving about Gears shows some momentum building behind the platform which is more interesting because he’s from Yahoo. If nothing else, it might encourage a few more developers to build Gears into other applications – WordPress maybe…?

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