A recent presentation from Google employee Scott Johnston, a former JotSpot executive, revealed some of the future plans for Google Apps and other Google services.
A Service called Google Sites that is based on Jotspot (acquired by Google in October 2006) will debut sometime next year. Google Sites will expand upon the already existing Google Page Creator which is part of the Google Apps Suite. Based on the collaboration tools previously offered by Jotspot , Sites will allow businesses to set up intranets, project management tracking, customer extranets, and any number of custom sites based on multi-user collaboration.” Google Sites will also allow you to upload any file formats. You can already see a gallery of applications that use JotSpot.
If you are a Wikipedia fan then you are going to love this amazing trick to read Wikipedia Offline. All you need is a bit of Gearsmonkey magic, ala a combination of Google Gears, Greasemonkey and Firefox. By using Gearsmonkey you can take your favorite website offline using Google Gears.. Well here is what the developer had to say :
Sites with a lot of static information — Wikipedia, any API documentation, web-based email — would be great to be able to use when no internet connection is available. But what if you’re a user that always has an internet connection? Then adding Gears to a site doesn’t do much, right? Wrong. Imagine your favorite website is now stored on your computer, and it syncs whenever there’s altered content. Whenever you look at the site, your browser is grabbing everything straight from your hard drive. Did you just make a search for your best friend on Facebook? Don’t wait 5 seconds the next time that search runs, have the results immediately! Meanwhile, save the webmasters’ precious bandwidth/server power!
Zoho the Online Office System has developed an offline version of Zoho Writer that allows you to read your stored documents while you are offline. Right Now it is only read only which means you will not be able to edit the videos while you are offline.
Zoho’s decision to go offline would mean a lot more people finally moving onto web office. Because reading and editing documents offline is the single best asset which Office Software on the desktop have. Also Interesting to note is that Zoho is gone online using google gears much before Google could use it for Google Docs and Spreadsheets.
Here is a small demo video of the capabilities of Zoho Writer Offline
What do you think about this feature of Zoho, will this feature give tough competition to the other services ?