Google Grabs for Microsoft Territory

With new app, Schmidt and company gear up for offline revolution
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2007 3:20 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Google is releasing its first ever hard-drive-based application, in what some tech watchers are calling a charge onto Microsoft's turf. Google Gears, an open-source browser extension now in beta, will allow users to operate Google programs without a web connection—a domain Gates, Ballmer, and co. have traditionally ruled.

Google's news-feed Reader will be the first application Gears will open up offline. But Mountain View says web-based programs like Google Docs and Spreadsheets will soon be a go without a connection, challenging Word and Excel. “Microsoft is either going to have to support this or do something like it,” one analyst told the Financial Times. (Read more Google stories.)