Buried (ok not really buried, but towards the end) in a post by Rod Drury -is a hint that perhaps Xero will be available offline next year:
Next year we’ll see the introduction of off-line functionality inside the standard browsers, so new scenarios start to open up. ….These clients will access the server based logic we are all building now.
So not Xero, but browser driven. There is also
I think we’ll see more parts of applications delivered for the mobile web or even as mobile applications.
So perhaps we will be doing our accounts on our mobile phones? At the least current technology should let us do it on our iPhones.
But, before we get too excited, it is alas, all too true that we are in early days:
I’m certainly not precious on doing everything on the web but before we go to far in introducing rich clients we need get the applications written for the server first.
Offline Xero is one of the three critical things missing to me from the Xero product – the other two being (introductory at least) cheap pricing and seamless import/export from other products like MYOB.
The low or free pricing is to drive trials, and the export – well just remember that MS Excel only really took off (as someone was telling me recently) once they bought in the “Export to Lotus 123” feature.
Meanwhile the development team is hard at work at building up the feature set – to no doubt match then exceed MYOB and other competitors. They are also, I infer, working to keep it easier to use than bits of paper and excel spreadsheets.
But the low tech potential customers will not move n big numbers until they can use tailored Xero versions for targeted industry groups, like, say, the Trades. Other’s to add to the list could be Accountants (eat their own dog food), Trade Me sellers (import transactions), and taxi drivers.