You can now make your web applications work offline! So, you don't need internet to get connected? Partially true....
Check this simple application (install google gears first) - http://code.google.com/apis/gears/samples/hello_world_database.html
Check the tutorial here - http://code.google.com/apis/gears/tutorial.html
Check the architecture here - http://code.google.com/apis/gears/architecture.html
Message here is clear - "Google" wants to have a solid client footprint... http://code.google.com/apis/gears
Get's interesting.. is it? :) Cheers - Dipesh