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Google Trashes Gears

In its place it’s implemented support for application caches to replace Gears’ offline features

Google is dumping Gears, the widgetry used to let Google Apps work offline.

The functionality has been moved to HTML 5.

The company said in a blog that there will be no new Gears releases, newer browsers such as Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 won't be supported with plug-ins, and Gears will be removed from Chrome in Chrome 12.

In its place it's implemented support for application caches to replace Gears' offline features, replaced Gears Database API with an IndexedDB API that its "friends at Mozilla and Microsoft" - yeah, it really said that - collaborated on, substituted a File API for Gears' Blob functionality and implemented the geolocation, notifications and web worker APIs in Gears natively in Chrome.

"Our mission with Gears," the post says, "was to enable more powerful web applications. Over 5 releases, we added tons of APIs, enabling everything from offline access to parallel computation. Now that these features have all been adopted by browsers and have official W3C specs, they are available to more developers than we could have reached with Gears alone."

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