Offline Gmail in Labs
January 27th, 2009 · 2 Comments
Offline Gmail has been released today: it uses the Gears API in order to store your mail in a local database. As a prerequisite, you need to install the Gears plugin, or use the Chrome browser.
Alex Chitu at Google Operating System has a list of applications using Gears: Gmail is the most important to date.
The Gmail team decided to release this as a Gmail Labs feature, following the old “Release early, Release often” mantra, that Labs enables.
I hope this will give web developers ideas about how to use Gears in their application: I’m using WordPress Gears on this blog, and it has accelerated the administration user interface speed significantly.