Google restores offline functions to some apps
Offline services offer limited functionality but allow users to do most common tasks
Google has restored offline usability for its Docs, Calendar and Gmail services. The feature allows users to take advantage of Google's apps and services without a permanent Internet connection, using Google's own Chrome browser.
"Gmail, Calendar, and Docs are three of the key apps people really want to use," said Rajen Sheth, a Google Group Product Manager. "This is something we really wanted to bring offline."
The company says IT staff can remotely install Google Apps, which includes Docs, Calendar and Gmail, on a users' PC using Chrome's administrative policies.
Using Gmail's offline functionality, users can read and write e-mails, apply labels and stars, archive messages and much for. However, the changes will only be applied when an Internet connection is established. The app will then sync all the changes with the online service.
Offline usability does, expectedly, have limitations however; while a user can read and respond to RSVP messages in Calendar, the user cannot create new entries. Likewise, Offline Gmail only stores three days worth of e-mail, so if you have a lot of unread e-mail or you need to reference older e-mails, you will only have access to all your e-mails in the presence of an Internet connection.