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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Google announces offline (desktop) version of Gmail

5:01:00 PM Posted by Oscar Berg No comments
Google is conquering the desktop, hitting it from the web. Here are the latest news from the Official Google Enterprise blog:
With each passing day, the moments when I'm disconnected from the Internet become fewer and fewer. For me, one of the last meaningful barriers began to fall with American Airlines' announcement last year that they would be offering in-flight wi-fi service. Though wi-fi is being offered by more airlines, there are still plenty of flight routes where Internet isn't an option, at least for now. And this poses a problem for those of us who get a lot of our work done online.

So what can you do the next time you're bracing yourself for that long flight? Well, we've been cooking up a feature in Gmail Labs, our testing ground for Gmail features, that should help: offline Gmail. If you enable offline access, Gmail will load in your browser even when you don't have an Internet connection. You can read messages, star, label and archive them, compose new mail and more. Messages ready to be sent will wait in your Outbox until you're online again.
It should be there to activate in GMail labs, although I did not find it (I use the English version so I should have access to all features when they are launched). I suppose it takes some time to deploy. 


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