Offline Gmail is smooth

I’ve been using Gmail for years like many people and have also had it working on my mobile devices using both the J2ME app initially and more recently the IMAP option via Nokia Email. IMAP via mobile gives me access to a few days worth of mail based on how I’ve set the prefs which is nice, but if I need to search something while either in a low connectivity zone or on a plane, I’m out of luck. Well not anymore!

I activated the GMail Offline option via the Labs button last night and now have YEARS of access ready to search and access in Firefox. On my commute I’m accustomed to seeing messages like Unable to Connect to Gmail, Will try again in … which pops up and makes Gmail pretty useless until the connection resumes. WIth Offline mode activated, Gmail and Google Gears maintain a very smooth transition. Instead of the annoying (and bright yellow message) I see a simple message at the top of my inbox that reads (paraphrasing) that I’ll have access to my offline store until the connection can sync with the server. It’s about time!

8 comments for “Offline Gmail is smooth

  1. tate
    1/29/2009 at 9:32 am

    wow awesome can't wait to try it out. I have had bit of a bad experience with Google gearson Google reader offline. I hope this next try will be smooth and easy.

  2. 1/29/2009 at 9:55 am

    so far it's very good … pretty seemless transition between on and offline. Much better than the Reader gears thing.

  3. 1/29/2009 at 10:40 pm

    'Tis indeed very exciting.

  4. 1/29/2009 at 10:42 pm

    about damn time too!

  5. 1/30/2009 at 2:24 am

    Just cottoned on to this now. Gmail offline (and hopefully soon Google Apps Mail too) could be very handy and will offer me an alternative to Mail.app when it is being temperamental.

  6. 1/30/2009 at 3:40 am

    'Tis indeed very exciting.

  7. 1/30/2009 at 3:42 am

    about damn time too!

  8. 1/30/2009 at 7:24 am

    Just cottoned on to this now. Gmail offline (and hopefully soon Google Apps Mail too) could be very handy and will offer me an alternative to Mail.app when it is being temperamental.

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