Yahoo Plans to Take on Gears, Air and Prism

Yahoo is following the footsteps of other technology giants by launching its own desktop/web hybrid application called BrowserPlus. The plug-in is only available as a sneak peak with a few demos, such as using BrowserPlus to drag-and-drop photos from your desktop into Flickr. Yahoo’s product clearly isn’t ready for prime time yet, but perhaps the excitement around MySpace taking advantage of Google Gears to improve its email capabilities galvanized them. Yahoo’s vision certainly looks more compelling than mere offline access to online apps, so I’m eager for more functionality.