Google enables offline Gmail, Docs and Calendar

Google has announced its offline Gmail, Docs and Calendar, meaning you'll now be able to access a whole host of content when a connection is proving hard to come by.

Offline access for web apps was mentioned at Google's I/O 2011, and now it seems functionality has at last made it to the masses. Although we'd hesitate to call the news exciting, the service will be extremely useful for those who roam around the country; especially in areas where 3G connectivity can be patchy.

BenoĆ®t de Boursetty, Google's product manager, said that: "Today’s world doesn’t slow down when you’re offline and it’s a great feeling to be productive from anywhere, on any device, at any time. We’re pushing the boundaries of modern browsers to make this possible, and while we hope that many users will already find today’s offline functionality useful, this is only the beginning."

You'll need to install the app from the Chrome Web Store, after which you can continue using Gmail when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s "new tab" page.

Offline Gmail will let you read, respond, organise and archive email, whilst Google Calendar will allow you to view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments and Google Docs brings the ability to view documents and spreadsheets when you don’t have a connection.

One function that isn't ready yet is offline editing. It's a shame, but Boursetty assures us that Google is working hard to make it happen. If you want to get in on the offline action, you can do so by clicking the gear icon at the top right corner of the web app and select the option for offline access.



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