I tried about a year ago: I’ve decided it’s time to try again.
Up until this week I’ve been using Apple’s MobileMe to keep my laptop and iPhone in Sync, even though I really prefer Google’s apps. Due in large part to a recent announcement, I was eager to make the move. As of last night, my transition is complete: my email, contacts and calendar are now all sync’ed to Google’s apps.
Real-time sync capability wasn’t the only feature missing, however. If I store everything up in The Cloud, how do I access it when I’m off the grid? Shortly after my first, failed Cloud Move Attempt, Google announced Gears as well as offline capabilities for Docs. In the last few weeks, Google completed their trifecta with the release of Gmail offline and Google Calendar offline. Ya gotta love Google! …well, mostly anyway.
Early reports suggest their are still kinks to work out of their latest offline offerings, but I fully expect these to be ironed out in a nice, iterative fashion, as is Google’s modus operandi.
In my opinion, offline data access is essential to the success of services in The Cloud. I may not always have internet access when I need access to my data.
So it begins… again. I may not make it, but I know it’s a lot closer to being ready this time than it was a year ago. So far so good!