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Take Google Docs where you go, even offline

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 1, 2008 in Internet
Google Docs, the free Microsoft Office-like program, was available only online and now it's available offline, so users can save and edit files when they're not connected to the Internet.
Google provides offline support for Gmail via Outlook or Thunderbird synchronization. Google Calendar and Google Reader also have similar synchronization option with Outlook. But it didn’t have an offline option with Google Docs and everyone complained about it. Now it says it will begin to provide this service. The video explains Google Docs’ offline support.
With the new announcement, users can edit both online and offline and get their documents synchronized easily. Initially. this option will be available for a few users, but in the next few weeks it will be available for everyone.
If you have such a tool, there won’t be any need to have Microsoft Office or the free Open Office. Google Docs lacks features but still has enough to do most of the tasks easily. You can take it anywhere and everywhere, and still be able to edit your documents stored in your online Google Docs account.
I checked my Google Account, and I don’t see this option yet, but soon it will be available for everyone. When Google does have this feature, you will need Google Gears, which is a synchronization-like tool.
The offline support is only for editing word processing documents but later it will be available for its spreadsheets and presentation tools.
If you are not using Google Docs, it is a good backup tool to save your files online. There is no storage limit and you can save as many files you like. There is a limit in the file size however -- each document can have a maximum size of 500K with up to 2MB per embedded image.
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