Friday, January 30, 2009

Use Gmail offline

Google’s Gmail is launching a new feature: ability to use the Gmail even if you are not connected to any internet connection. Hmmm... sounds great ..but can’t say anything about it...before using it . I read it on Gmail’s official blog. Google employees have been using it in their network and now they thought of launching it to the users.
This feature relies on Gears as it was mentioned on its official blog. It doesn’t matter whether you are working on any operating system like
microsoft windows xp, windows vista or linux.
Here is what they have said about it and how to use it:
“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. And if you're on an unreliable or slow connection (like when you're "borrowing" your neighbor's wireless), you can choose to use "flaky connection mode," which is somewhere in between: it uses the local cache as if you were disconnected, but still synchronizes your mail with the server in the background. Our goal is to provide nearly the same browser-based Gmail experience whether you're using the data cached on your computer or talking directly to the server.”
Seems interesting and they will be launching it soon...may be in a couple of days. Soon I will get back to you with my experience of using Gmail offline on my newly installed
windows 7 which is on trial basis.
It's quite simple to make it work, just follow these simple steps, 
  1. Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
  2. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. 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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