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Google introduces offline Gmail (with video)
Posted on 29-Jan-2009 08:19. | Tags Filed under: News.

Google has introduced a feature to their Gmail service that will sure make a lot of commuters happy.

On a blog post by Andy Palay, Gmail engineer, the company said web-based email is limited by your internet connection. From public WiFi to smartphones equipped with 3G, from mobile broadband cards to fledgling in-flight wireless on airplanes, Internet access is becoming more and more ubiquitous -- but there are still times when you can't access your webmail because of an unreliable or unavailable connection.

An experimental feature in Gmail Labs, offline Gmail allows you to open your web browser, go to, and get to your mail just like you're used to. . Even if you're offline/

Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you're connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail's servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer's hard drive instead of the information sent across the network.

You can read messages, star and label them, and do all of the things you're used to doing while reading your webmail online. Any messages you send while offline will be placed in your outbox and automatically sent the next time Gmail detects a connection.

Anothe feature is the "flaky connection mode," which uses the local cache as if you were disconnected, but still synchronizes your mail with the server in the background.

The offline Gmail feature is available to everyone who uses Gmail in US or UK English and can be enabled by following some simple steps:

1.Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
2.Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
3.Click Save Changes.

After your browser reloads, you'll see a new "Offline0.1" link in the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don't already have it.

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