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Accessing Apps when you are offline

Around two years back google first launched its offline email facility in labs, now the company is back once again with the same facility for few other features of Google Appls like Google Calendar and Google Docs. Its nice that your world shouldn’t slow down when you’re offline and it’s a great feeling to be productive from anywhere, on any device, at any time. Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that’s intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection.

This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access. After you install the Gmail Offline app from the Chrome Web Store, you can continue using Gmail when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s “new tab” page.

You can compose any message offline which will be sent when you get reconnected to the internet connection. Once you go online, all of your sent messages will go to the outbox first before they are really sent.

While you can use your Gmail account offline almost like you would while online, there are a few features that aren’t yet available offline:

  • Access to the Contact Manager
  • Complete search results, especially in non-segmented languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
  • Try your search again when you’re back online for more results.
  • Access to conversations in Spam and Trash
  • Some Gmail Labs features

Google Calendar and Google Docs let you seamlessly transition between on- and offline modes. When you’re offline in Google Calendar, you can view events from your calendars and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs you can view documents and spreadsheets when you don’t have a connection. Offline editing isn’t ready as of now.