Google will begin to offer browser – based offline access to its Gmail Webmail application, a much-awaited feature.
This functionality, which will allow people to use the Gmail interface when disconnected from the Internet, has been expected since mid-2007.
That’s when Google introduced Gears, a browser plug-in designed to provide offline access to Web-hosted applications like G mail.
Gears is currently used for offline access to several Web applications from Google, like the Reader RSS manager & the Docs word processor, and from other providers like Zoho, which uses it for offline access to its e-mail and word processing browser-based applications.
For example, in G mail, Users can put labels on messages, as well as tag them with stars to indicate their importance & Google can use that information to determine which messages to download. Sheth estimates that in most cases Gmail will download several thousand messages, preferring those that are more recent as well. Depending on the amount of messages users have on their accounts, they may get downloads going back two months or two years, he said.
Google will begin to roll out the Gmail offline functionality Tuesday evening and expects to make it available to everybody in a few days, whether they use Gmail in its standalone version or as part of the Apps collaboration and communication suite for organizations.
How Activate This Feature :::
To activate the off-line functionality, users of standalone Gmail service and the standard Apps edition should click “settings” after logging on to their Gmail account. There, they should click on the “Labs” tab, select “Enable” next to “Offline Gmail” & click “Save Changes.” A new “Offline” link will then appear in the right-hand corner of the account interface. Users of the Education and Premier Apps versions will have to wait for their Apps administrators to enable Gmail Labs for everyone on the domain first.