Google Docs Going Offline

I’m really late to this party. Both the Official Google Blog and the Official Google Docs Blog announced offline support coming in Google Docs this afternoon, and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to write about it. So I’ll publish a brief description (more details are of course available from Googlified, Google Operating System, and Lifehacker; strange lack of Google Blogoscoped so far) and a short commentary. Everyone has probably heard of Google Gears by now, that open-source browser extension that lets Web applications enable offline functionality. Google Reader uses it (until now the only Google service to do…

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Google Confirmations: JotSpot and Gears Access, Among Others

There are several sources of information regarding statements made by Scott Johnston at a recent Google Apps presentation in Ann Arbor, and all the statements are very interesting. Among other things, Google announced (or hinted strongly at) the launch of the JotSpot wiki service, now branded Google Sites, next year; Google Gears access to Gmail and Google Calendar; offline editing of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations; integration between GrandCentral and Google Apps (“they are working on it and it is a ‘huge priority’ for them” — ZDNet); and, in the far future, videoconferencing within Google Apps. Now, I don’t know how…

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Task Management is Good with Remember The Milk

I’m sure all y’all have heard way too much already about all the supposed “Web 2.0” services such as Gmail (I’m blogging about it whether you like it or not!), and I’ll bet you’ve heard of Remember The Milk already, but you have to try it to really appreciate what it can do; up until today, I never realized how much potential there is contained in that one little app. My second quarter of courses started today, and I began as I always do: getting lists of assignments that will be due during the courses. I used Google Calendar first…

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Gmail to have a New Version?

According to some research by Garett Rogers over at ZDnet, Google may be working on a new version of Gmail. He discovered some messages in the translation console that suggest they might be releasing something in the next few months. The message he found to be translated was “New version”, which, although Gmail already has a “New features!” message, which it uses, is something new in itself, since there has only been one version of Gmail. This sounds promising. Along the same lines, the next day, he discovered a couple more messages that opened the path for speculation about new…

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