Google shifting Gears takes Google Reader Offline

As recent as last week Colin over at was asking the question that all avid Google Reader users were asking “Does there exist software to read Google Reader offline (Linux preferred, Mac OS X is OK, Windows tolerated)?”

Well, Google has provided an answer to that question. True to their MO Google released Google Gears in Beta. With Gears you are able to run AJAX applications offline via a browser extention\plugin. Google Gears is a local server that utilizes SQL light while running a background[Worker Pool] task to try to synchronize to the online app. Anyone that would like to develop with Gears can go to the developer site to review the three APIs. Scobleizer is the man on the scene at Google Developer Day and provided this great video interview with Bret Taylor who manages developer products at Google.

Offline Google Reader with Google Gears
Offline Google Reader was a 20% project by an engineer that rides the shuttle everyday and wanted to read his Google Reader while on the shuttle.

Google engineers all have “20 percent time” in which they’re free to pursue projects they’re passionate about. This freedom has already produced Google News, Google Suggest, AdSense for Content, and Orkut – products which might otherwise have taken an entire start-up to launch.

Google Reader uses Gears to download the 2000 most recent feed items and read them while not connected to the fire hose of information. I can now read John Chow’s latest post offline.So go, right now to Google Reader and get the capability to use it offline. Which is what we have all have been craving since we got hooked on Reader.

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