Google announced Offline Versions For Gmail, Calendar and Docs

  • 01/09/2011 AT 16:35 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News, Technology

Offline GmailIn today’s Internet world, some users cannot believe spots exist where the Internet actually disappears, but it does happen. With the high cost of mobile broadband and cell phone data packages, it makes fiscal sense to tolerate “dead air.” However, those depending on the Internet for scheduling and constant updates balk at this, knowing that constant synchronization between databases online and local storage keeps tasks together.

This was a big problem, but now Google has solved it with Gmail Offline, the latest installation package in the Google Chrome browser. Outlook claims to have the same capabilities but, in fact, is very limited. Files archive ONLY if you select them, and sometimes the email you need most isn’t the one you had the foresight to save. Also, calendar entries could only be made system wide by an administrating Outlook account.  Documents work with the old cut and paste. Anyone claiming Outlook has achieved what Gmail Offline has, obviously doesn’t use either.

Gmail remains of one of the best multi-use communication packages available. Seamlessly weaving telecommunications using the Android platform, Google makes information available from tablet to cell phone to PC simultaneously, over virtually every Android device and operating system.  Gmail now features the same capabilities in an offline form. Essentially, Google downloads the entire Google account to a cell phone, computer or tablet PC. 

With streamlined coding and compression, this takes only seconds or minutes initially. As changes occur, Gmail Offline syncs with the online copy, sharing any edits done offline (such as deleted emails, composed emails, new calendar dates and others). These edits then spread on every installation of Gmail OfflineGoogle Docs, Google Calendar, and Gmail–all at once and in only a few seconds.

Never before has any database system made such an attempt at massive, multi-network syncing, at least not at affordable costs, but now Google created the first. This design benefits the working public, but for companies and IT professional, it revolutionizes corporate calendars.

Imagine you’re holding an impromptu meeting. A single click on the computer and BANG, it goes out to every employee computer, cell phone and tablet within seconds, even if they’re offline. Another click and BANG, the spreadsheet with the quarterly finances goes with it in brightly colored spreadsheets. It will be that easy, just imagine that!

If you’re interested (and unless you think the Internet is just a fad, you should be), simply go to Chrome WebStore. The installation is free, as you can see. This only requires an installation of Google Chrome (which is among the best browsers out there now, similar to Firefox).  For a more direct route, the same installation package exists on the Gmail inbox. Simply click the gear icon.  Either way, the installation takes only minutes and uses few resources. Google designs applications to be light on resources and heavy on performance.

Novice or experienced users need to take a look at Gmail Offline.  That is the future of information synchronization, and other companies will soon crawl behind Google in this latest revolution.

Source: Gmail Blog

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