Gmail uses HTML 5 for Offline Google Mail
Google announced a few days ago on the Gmail Blog their new addition for Gmail: offline Gmail, Calendar and Docs. No doubt this was a key area they needed to improve upon for those users wishing to buy a Chromebook. Basically it’s like the way Outlook works, you can write and send emails without a connection, then when you connect it synchronises and the emails get sent out automatically.
By the looks of it Gmail will be one of a number of apps that will have an offline version created. They released downloadable Google Maps a few months ago, so you can download areas you are visiting in case you lose your connection or you want to avoid data roaming.
For those of you who have used the iPad version of Gmail, you will notice a big similarity, as the Chrome app is based up on that design.
If you want to install the app and have a play around with it yourself, you can add it here.
Personally, I’m looking forward to getting myself a Chromebook, when the apps have been a bit more developed. Dave Naylor is giving Chrome only a try for 30 days, to see if he can survive, my guess is he probably will – although Google Docs doesn’t have quite enough functionality compared to Word yet.