Thursday, January 29, 2009

Access Gmail Offline

This is a new feature rolled out by Google in Gmail Labs that allow Gmail users to access their mail even when internet connection is down. Once you turn on this feature Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache on your machine. As long as you're connected to the inernet, that cache is synchronized with Gmail's servers. When the connection is lost, 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.

This is still in beta phase so dont be surprised if you dont find it in your Gmail Labs. To check this feature first you will have to install Gears. Then go to Settings->Labs->Offline and enable it. All set!!!!!


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