The firm has released an offline application clearly positioned within Microsoft product sphere

Google guns for Microsoft

Internet monolith Google has further stepped on Microsoft’s toes with the launch of the offline add-on application Gears.

The search engine outfit already provides web-based document and spreadsheet programmes, however Gears will not be limited to the web, allowing users to access programmes for word processing, email and calendars offline, according to The Register.

Google is terming the new software the ‘next generation [of] web applications’, and has announced its intention to work closely with open source developers to produce new means of delivering software to its users.

"With Google Gears we are tackling a key limitation of the browser in order to make it a stronger platform for deploying all types of applications, and enabling a better user experience,” said Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "We believe strongly in the power of the community to stretch this new technology to the limits of what’s possible, and ultimately emerge with an open standard that benefits everyone."

The announcement coincides with ‘Google Developer Day’, which is taking place today across ten cities around the world including Moscow, London, and Beijing.

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