While “cloud computing” is a marvelous tool, it leaves you without the ability to work on things when you are without Internet access. Luckily Google is slowly looking to remove this hurdle from their products.
While they have already offered the ability to take your Google Docs with you on the go, but now they have added the same support for Gmail. According to the Official Gmail Blog, the support is rolling out across the service, and may not be available for all users yet, but it will be soon. For those who haven’t seen it activated yet, the new feature will make use of Google Gears, a tool to run small programs, and itwill store a cache of your email you can read even when you have no Internet access.
You will simply open your browser, go to the usual gmail.com address, and you will find all of your email waiting for you. You will be able to label emails, star them, write replies, delete and everything else you normally do. The next time you are connected to the Internet, all of the changes you have made will be automatically synched with the online version of your account.
If you are dying to try this out, simply click on the “Settings” tab in the top right corner of the Gmail window, then select the “Labs” tab, locate the “Offline” option, choose “Enable” and then scroll to the bottom of the page to click on “Save Changes”. With that, you’re done, and you will be able to read all of your emails anytime, anywhere you want.