Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Using Google Gears to Offline Access some Online Apps

Google Gears is a Web browser extension that allows offline access to some online applications by downloading data to your hard drive. Google Gears is not restricted to making online tools work offline. It also allows for enhanced online functionality.

Supported Browsers:

Windows: Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox
Mac OSX: Safari or Firefox
Linux: Firefox
Windows Mobile: Internet Explorer

Google Gears can be used by Gmail to eliminate the need for a desktop email program. If you enable offline access to Gmail, it operates in three modes: online, offline, and flaky connection. Flaky connection mode is for when you have an unreliable Internet connection that might suddenly cut out. Gmail syncs messages so that when you are offline you can still read, compose, and press the send button. The actual message delivery will occur after you are online again.

Google Gears is available from the Web at gears.google.com

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