At Le Web in Paris! many of the exhibitors and startups were unable to demonstrate their web applications and Europe’s premier web conference, due to heating to lack of internet connectivity. But the new startup Colaab, developed their rather nifty collaboration application and deployed it as a Live Mesh app which allowed not only easy sign on and access user’s Live profile, Live Messenger buddy list, but also more importantly at Le Web, an offline Web app. Yes that’s right a web app that doesn’t need connectivity to the internet.
Launched direct from the desktop Colaab was happily running away despite the internet connectivity problems! Live Mesh powered the offline instance and storage for the app and then – when the internet did come back on – synchronization (the really hard stuff to code yourself) so all data goes back up to the cloud so that any changes made in the offline state were seen online.