Web Sites Without the Web?
Sort of. Seattle-based company Webaroo rolled out the beta version of new software by the same name that purportedly enables users to view Web sites that are stored on laptops and smart phones without actually having to get on the Internet. Webaroo uses caching to capture selected sites whenever hardware goes online, then keeps them until the next online session, when those sites are updated.
For the time being, this software only works with Windows XP and 2000 operating systems and hardware like PDAs and phones, which in turn must be Pocket PC-powered. But the Webaroo folks are ambitious: According to their Web site (www.webaroo.com), the whole project started when they asked themselves if they could put the whole Internet on a hard drive.
That’s a million-dollar question—many, many millions, actually. If they manage to successfully develop a suite of software that works with many different versions of OS and hardware, and can catalogue sites numbering in the thousands or even millions, it could be very attractive to corporate clients. An extremely enhanced Webaroo could boost security by minimizing the amount of time that organizations’ computers need to be connected to the Web. Might be worth checking out, but it may be a while before it’s there.