Google Labs recently released an extension for Google Mail (GMail) which makes GMail available for offline use. The biggest drawback on GMail is that you can’t use it when your’re not online. Not only you can’t receive or send new messages, you even can’t browse your archived messages.
Of course you can configure your desktop mail program to fetch google mails via POP3 or IMAP but that isn’t the same as accessing it Online.
Now and with the help of the Google Gears add on for Firefox you’re able to synchronize your GMail account to your local computer for offline use.
This feature is only available when you’re using GMail with “English” as default language. The option wont show up if your for instance use the german interface for GMail.
When you have the english version, then you got a “Labs” tab in your GMail settings. One of the top most options here is the GMail offline mode. Just enable and save and GMail starts to install the Gears scripts and start to synchronize your mails locally. You get a nice progress window which you how far back in time your mails are synced local.
After enabling offline mode GMail is a lot faster and – of course, available offline. You can search your messages and even write new mails. They will be saved in some kind of out basket and send when your’re back online.
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