Paul Kedrosky writes: “Offline is the New Online is the New Offline.”
Funny how these things go. For a while we all happy with disconnected apps, tools like Word, Powerpoint, Access, and Excel that were PC-only software. And then it was cool to discover online apps that could do many of the same things, or at least useful variants, like Gmail, Writely, etc.
Now, however, we have seemingly come full circle. The current Big Thing in online apps is offline functionality. There is, for example, buzzing about an upcoming version of Writely that supports offline editing and saving. Today at Web 2.0 Summit we had Zimbra announcing offline usage of that very nice email software.