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What's powering Web apps: Google waving goodbye to Gears, hello to HTML5

Of all the things Google is really good at, patience isn't necessarily one of them. To prove Web applications like Gmail and Google Docs could be as sophisticated as desktop apps, Google created its own desktop software a couple years ago -- a small utility called Gears. Once it's installed on a user's computer, features like offline caching of e-mails and drag-and-drop file uploading would be unlocked.
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