You’ll never be able to claim that it has no way to access your email when you’re not connected to the internet. Google today introduced the new iteration of Gmail Offline, now reappears as a free app for Chrome that once installed, synchronize messages and allows you to write and save e-mails that will be sent only when the connection back. It’s about time!
The Offline Gmail works very similarly to Gmail interface for tablets. The webmail development team took advantage of the huge knowledge acquired to build software using HTML5 on the iPad and tablets running Android to create this application. It was really good.
According to the web giant, the great advantage of using web app is that you can access your information at any time. Relying on HTML5, the application has access to a larger space to store their content. And so it’s easy to keep track of conversations for that moment when the flight attendant sends off electronic equipment – when you can turn on the notebook again, 3G or sign Wi-Fi probably already lost, but your posts are still there thanks to cache provided by Google Offline.
Once that was done on Gmail for tablets, Gmail Offline diverges quite the new interface the the Google recently released for your mail service. The sources used are larger, and basically what we have are two columns. A present for the talks, and another to display the messages themselves. I think you do not need anything more than that in an environment that has no connection to the internet (Gmail chat, for example, it is unnecessary in this scenario, the same goes for the top bar, full of Google inaccessible resources ).
“Today’s world does not slow down and it is always good feeling to be productive from anywhere, from any device, at any time,” Google says. The company also says the Offline Gmail is a way to push the limits and boundaries of modern browsers. True.
I’m using Gmail Offline even having a 10 Mega connection. Above all, what I like in the application is simplicity when presenting the e-mail service features. The focus is exclusively on messages without excessive resources. When I need something more complex, just open another tab in Chrome and access the normal Gmail page.
Gmail Offline is on stage Beta. Works with both Gmail itself as the webmail based on Google Apps, Google offers a range of flavors and prices. The first time you open the web app will need to give permission for Gmail Offline save information on your computer (recommended only if the PC is uniquely yours).
Download: Gmail Offline (for Chrome)
One thing that does not work in web app: the drag and drop to add images in the email body. Do not even try. A feather.
Google promises applications to use Docs and Calendar very soon.
It is worth remembering that Google’s email has had an offline mode that depended on the Gears technology. This technology was discontinued because it was proprietary to Google, and the company chose to develop something with open standards.