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article imageGmail now available offline

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 28, 2009 in Internet
Gmail is now providing offline access for its email platform. We can now check all our emails on planes, trains or in places where no online connections are available.
This experimental offline feature is available in “Labs” in your Gmail account. Once you enable the “Offline” feature and click save, you can browse all your emails in the offline mode. You can edit, search, or even reply (which will be saved in drafts and sent when connections are established).
Gmail uses “Gears” to synchronize the offline and online modes. Gears is also available for other platforms like Google Reader and Google Docs. Even Zoho uses Gears to synchronize their offline and online activities.
If you don’t have Gears, then you should download this software to access your files in offline mode.
The Gmail team promises you will have a similar experience in accessing your emails in offline.
To enable this “offline” mode follow these steps:
1. Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
2. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
3. Click Save Changes.
Now, when you go to your inbox you will see “Offline0.1" in the top-right corner along with settings and other links. To begin the offline mode, click it and it will start saving your emails in your computer for later access. Make sure you still have “Gears”.
Once you enable this “Offline” feature in your Gmail account, you will be able to access all your emails in a regular browser just like when you are online.
This “Offline” feature may or may not available for all users, but Gmail will make this available for everyone soon.
If you are using it already leave a comment on how you like this feature.
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