Feb 3, 2009

Tech - Gmail and Gdrive can maim Microsoft

Finally, it is here, and how! Google announced last week that Gmail is now available offline. Now you can use the popular Web mail without necessarily being connected to the Internet once you make some settings.

Gmail messages can be downloaded and stored in a cache. That challenges high-priced software applications like Microsoft Outlook and IBM's Lotus offer.

In a sign of what globalisation can do to journalism, it was Hindustan Times columnist Puneet Mehrotra who broke the story in the paper, creating a global buzz more than a year ago. Also last week came a new leak, that the Gdrive is here.

Gdrive? That would be an online storage facility from Google - free - which in my opinion could combine with offline Gmail to create a pincer attack on Microsoft's decades-old monopoly sooner than you think. It is not yet officially launched.

Here is a para picked up from a documentation detail on Google Pack, which is a free bundle of essential software that Google already offers for offline use. "GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents .

GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device - be it from your desktop, Web browser or cellular phone." In effect, Gdrive can become like a "virtual desktop computer" on the Web, while Gmail gives you on your desktop something that does not need a constant connection.

I just noticed that an Acer laptop is now available for now around Rs 18,000, and without a Microsoft Windows XP Home software, it costs Rs 3,000 less-and comes with a Linux operating system. Between, Linux, Gmail and Gdrive, we could have a "coalition of the willing" against Microsoft more powerful than before.

1 comment:

Filip said...

Hi Szri,

I work for www.nomadesk.com, which offers easy and secure file sharing, wherever you are. I read your post on Google's GDrive with great interest and just wanted to add NomaDesk to the mix.

NomaDesk, trusted by mobile (“nomadic”) businesses for several years now both in Europe and the U.S., has similar features such as the ones you mention. We are convinced that the more data gets synchronized, the more likely it gets compromised. Therefore, NomaDesk includes an encrypted virtual drive that keeps your files securely available off-line and remote file shredding and IP-tracking with TheftGuard. Of course, we impose no limits on storage and bandwidth.A Mac version is on its way.

NomaDesk works with a local client and allows access to your files from anywhere on the web. We have very good reasons to work with a local client, next to the already "traditional" web interface (e.g., box.net, the late Xdrive, etc.):

(1) 100% availability of the data, regardless of network quality
(2) 100% performance when editing files, using any type of program
(3) 100% simplicity; just drag-n-drop files to synchronize and share them
(4) 100% security on the PC also: the virtual drives that NomaDesk creates on the PC are encrypted and can be shred remotely via our online TheftGuard service.

The bulk of our users, which are SOHO and SMB teams, appreciate the straightforward and secure file sharing they get through using the NomaDesk client software. You should know that in most cases NomaDesk replaces the traditional file server, FTP and VPN - with success!

Please let me know your thoughts.

Kind regards,
F.