Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Google and Salesforce

I'm intrigued by the possibility of Google Gears. It has the potential of making a lot of applications that currently rely on an always on internet connection.

There's already an offline client for, everyone's favorite web-based on-demand CRM. And there are definite stories out there that Google and Salesforce are discussing *something*, and I think it's going to be more interesting than just connecting Gmail into Salesforce.

What if Salesforce worked (in some fashion) with Google Gears to make a better offline experience? Unlike Salesforce's current off-line client, this could be very much the same sort of experience online and offline -- much like the experience of using Google Reader will now be the same both online and offline. And if Google Reader can handle large amounts of feeds -- this might well be possible on the Salesforce side as well.

I'm not sure if this is something practical given Salesforce's architecture, and I haven't done any in depth research into Google Gears -- but I wonder if this might be it.

I'm not sure if this is going to happen -- but I think Google Gears could potentially be very interesting to follow for web-based software.

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