Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Feb 2013 15:22 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "'But how is it going to beat Android or iOS?' That's the reaction many people have when I tell them that I am working on Firefox OS, the new mobile operating system from Mozilla. It is a logical reaction. After all, we live in times where every major software company and its mother is releasing a mobile platform, struggling to lure developers into their new proprietary environment, APIs, libraries, etc. And indeed, many of these companies barely make it or don’t make it at all. But Firefox OS will not be directly battling against other mobile platforms. Its main objective is to change the way the world develops mobile apps, and even in the unlikely event that Firefox OS itself disappears in the process, if web-apps become mainstream, it will have succeeded."
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RE[3]: Taking credit
by Fergy on Mon 11th Feb 2013 17:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Taking credit"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

As far as I know Gmail and Google Docs already work offline without plugins, but I don't use them so I'm not completely certain.

I don't mean to be snide but why would you correct someone while you don't use it or even know about it.

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RE[4]: Taking credit
by Bishi on Mon 11th Feb 2013 17:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Taking credit"
Bishi Member since:
2009-08-27

Let me correct you, then. Google Docs works offline.

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RE[5]: Taking credit
by Fergy on Mon 11th Feb 2013 18:08 in reply to "RE[4]: Taking credit"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Let me correct you, then. Google Docs works offline.

You mean this page? http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1628467
Nothing there works. Google docs stops working when loosing internet connectivity. Google docs also does not ask to store anything so how it would work offline is a mystery to me.

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RE[4]: Taking credit
by Sodki on Mon 11th Feb 2013 19:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Taking credit"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

I don't mean to be snide but why would you correct someone while you don't use it or even know about it.


Your point is perfectly valid.

I used to work with people who used them both extensively. I'm pretty certain that Google Docs work offline because I've seen it work myself and, on the other hand, I've seen it fail myself. Regarding Gmail, I *think* I recall seeing someone using it offline in a Chromebook, but my memory is a bit fuzzy about it and I don't know for sure.

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RE[5]: Taking credit
by Fergy on Mon 11th Feb 2013 20:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Taking credit"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I *think* I recall seeing someone using it offline in a Chromebook, but my memory is a bit fuzzy about it and I don't know for sure.

That is with a special plugin that you either have to install or Chrome already has it built in. But this is the worst of both worlds: you still have to install a program but it doesn't work as fast and nice as a real program.
It has to work without extra software in Firefox, Chrome and Opera including the mobile versions. Browsers are now so fast that the only thing that makes them feel slow is the download time of the page. Webapps can take that loading time away for any program that doesn't need real time information.

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