Google Gears

I didn’t have time last week to make a big point about the announcement of Google Gears, an open source software project aimed at enabling online web services (such as Google Reader, an RSS client, and eventually all the other Google Apps) to work offline.

This is a big deal. More and more people are trying to find ways to stop paying Microsoft hundreds of dollars per PC for its operating system and its Office applications. It has been difficult to do business without both. I have mostly XP machines (haven’t yet upgraded to Vista–too many mixed reviews). I bought a Lindows machine a couple of years ago from Wal-Mart, but never used it. OpenOffice doesn’t impress me, though I have it on one of my machines, and have used it a bit recently. I’m actually typing this blog post from the airport (love free Wifi) on my first ever Macbook. (No, I don’t have Windows XP on my Macbook.) I’m trying to like this Macbook, but it’s still weird for me. I still prefer Windows XP.

But like many entrepreneurs, I’m always on the lookout for new reasons to save money, including not paying Microsoft so much for all the computer systems we buy. I’d really like to be able to add cheap computers for our call center, for example, that run Linux (maybe Ubuntu). Through their web browser, our reps would be able to use Skype Unlimited for all their outbound calls, and use our CRM system to track their calls. We use Google Notebook extensively in our company for organizing information that we find while browsing the web, and we use Google Spreadsheet for tracking many things.

As more good online services appear, we’ll be able to get the software we need without paying much at all. And if that software works offline too, it will make it possible for our mobile users to take work with them.

By making Google Gears open source, Google will accelerate the extension of thousands of online applications to mobile, offline versions, thus striking a blow to Microsoft’s revenue streams, including eventually, their Office Applications.

It sounds like Google Gears is still a young open source project, but I think it is a great move, and will generate a lot more interest in online software.

(Sorry, this post is just a draft, but my plane is boarding.)

3 thoughts on “Google Gears

  1. While I love Google, I see Google Gears as a mild threat to what I would like to see. A completely distributed, mathematically modeled, search/application infrastructure. A program that combines the distributed nature of Skype with the functionality of Google/ebay will provide high security and high reliability without depending on a corporate entity’s promise to “not be evil.”(The ad server would provide ads but have little other direct control.) Also, by using mathematical models of applications instead of programming language code the system will work on any device using any style of UI.

  2. I agree. I think that everything can now be done on a Mac that can be done on a PC, but I just can’t bring myself to switch since I’m so accustom to the PC that I can’t stand when that same thing takes me longer on a MAC.

Leave a Reply

Share:

More Posts

Soar.com Logo Design

Some of you know that my partners and I are launching a new company that aims to help a billion or more people soar with

Cold Showers Can Benefit Your Health

I hated what I read in the Harvard Business Review last Friday: Cold showers have health benefits. I’ve always ignored people who advocate taking cold

People Like Me Need People Like You

“People Like Me Need People Like You” Someday I’ll write a book about Ancestry.com. I’ll highlight the people who built Ancestry from the ground up–unsung

The Team Coaching Zone Podcast

To listen to this podcast, click HERE. Announcer: Welcome to the Team Coaching Zone podcast. Join your host Dr. Krister Lowe and today’s leading organizational

My Favorite Artist

Artists, poets, and prophets can help us make sense of the craziness that we experience in the world. My favorite artist is Regina Spektor. When

The Coach You Need

When you need a helping hand in life or at work you might decide to hire a coach. There are many amazing executive, career, leadership,

Beware of Taking Advice

Next Friday I get to deliver a keynote at Phoenix’s biggest startup event. But beware of taking advice from me–or anyone else. Startup events are

An Entrepreneurial Superpower

One of my entrepreneurial superpowers is asking questions at scale. Before I started Ancestry I went to libraries and conferences and asked questions. I learned

Paul hopes to bring the strengths message to all 50 states and to 50 countries by 2025.
Contact him so he can help you spark a strengths movement in your area, company, or industry.