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Offline Gmail App Available as an Add-on in Chrome

Google has come up with a new Chrome browser add-on that lets users access the Gmail service while offline.

The software, which is available for the Chrome web browser as an add-on, allows users to access the emails they received before they went offline, compose new messages, delete emails and even move them to a folder.

When the user logs in to their Gmail account the next time around, all the changes or actions by the user while they were offline gets automatically synced with their Gmail account. The only requirement as it seems for the sync is that the Chrome browser needs to be open while you go online.

The software is currently only accessible from the Chrome web browser and is available in a beta version. The add-on may prove to be useful for people who might want to compose a few emails while they do not have connectivity with the Internet and send them all at one go when they do have connectivity.

The add-on might not be working flawlessly as according to a full blown review of the new functionality by an Associated Press writer, some of the messages stored offline sometimes disappear when users go online reports USA Today (opens in new tab).

Another worrying fact is that users are unable to view the attached files on some of the emails stored offline. The feature only stores email messages from the past three days or sometimes for 7 days based on what Google’s technology thinks is important.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.