Get to Google Docs, Calendar, and Gmail From Your Desktop
You can now install desktop icons for Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Gmail on your computer for quick access. These icons are now an option of Google Pack.
If you are unfamiliar with Google Pack,it’s a free collection of software from Google and other companies. The software in the Google Pack helps you browse the web faster, remove spyware and viruses, organize your photos, and more. Learn more about each of the programs in the Google Pack.
"We think that you should be able to access your favorite web apps with the same ease and simplicity as desktop applications," says a post on the Google Docs Blog. "Today, we took one small step in that direction."
Initially, this seems like a fairly minor announcement, but increasing the convenience of using services like Gmail, Docs, etc. could go a long way toward pushing even more users into the cloud. Combine that with Google’s 99.9% uptime guarantee on such services, and they probably start looking more attractive to non-users.