It feels like the dreaded web 3.0 is on its way. It will include offline apps (Google Gears), it’ll include computing as a service (Amazon S3 and EC2). Basically, we’ve altered what the browser/internet can do (the browser can go offline, the internet apps can scale using service computing), and this should allow some crazy powerful new apps to emerge. What else, I’m not sure – there should be a social aspect to it as well if it’s to be a big shift. Perhaps focusing on small groups of people?
Which brings me to a question: can the Google offline API access local files on your computer? I’m trying to grasp the strategic advantages of all these new toys.