Webaroo is launching a new service that allows computer users to download versions of Web sites on their computers so that they can read them later while not connected to the Internet.

This is the same Seattle-Santa Clara company we mentioned a couple of weeks ago here, which at the time was being secretive, and was started by Junglee co-founder Rakesh Mathur.

We’re a little flummoxed that this could be a big idea, as it seems sort of backward. Gosh, isn’t the world moving to ubiquitous wireless availability? Not!, says the company. There are still plenty of places you can’t get on the Internet, and having Web sites downloaded automatically can save people time and worry, the company is betting. Basically Webaroo users install the company’s software on their computers, select the Internet sites they want collect from the Web, and the computer downloads it while it is connected to the Internet, and stores it so the user can view it while on the road.

The company also announces today that computer manufacturer, Acer, plans to bundle the Webaroo software on its laptop PCs.

Remember the rise and fall of Pointcast, which tried something similar years ago?

VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative enterprise technology and transact. Discover our Briefings.