When we looked at Samsung’s Chromebook, we loved the design and long battery life but the fact that the
minute you lost an internet connection, the laptop became about as useful as a chocolate teapot, was a bit of a drawback.
Back at Google I/O, the Mountain View
company told us that offline access to some Google web apps was “coming”. Well
now it’s here, with Google announcing offline access to Gmail, Calendar and
The Gmail Offline app is available in the Chrome Web Store
and is HTML-5 powered. After you install the app you can continue
using Gmail even when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on
Chrome’s “new tab” page.
Calendar and Docs promise to let you “seamlessly transition
between on- and offline modes.” When you are offline in Calendar you will be
able to views events and RSVP to appointments.
While Google Docs will let you view documents and
spreadsheets offline, offline editing is still not available, which is a pity as this
is where a lot of the productivity for non-connected Chromebooks would have
come from. Google promises it is “working hard to make it a reality.”
To use the offline aspect of Calendar and Docs, simply click
the gear icon at the top right corner of the web app and select the option for
Offline access is due to hit today for Gmail with Calendar
and Docs getting a rolling release in coming days. Google said it would make
offline access more widely available “when other browsers support advanced
Source: Official Gmail Blog