Earlier this week Google announced a latest addition to its Gmail service i.e the Offline Gmail experimental feature, which will enable users to include attachments in messages composed while being offline. I think this is a nice beta add-on as we sometimes have to work offline due to unavailability or connection problems on the internet.
A google software engineer named Andy Palay wrote on their official blog :
“One of the most requested features for Offline Gmail has been the ability to include attachments in messages composed while offline. Starting today, attachments work just the way you would expect them to whether you are online or offline (with the exception that when you’re offline you won’t be able to include inline images). Just add the attachment and send your message”
All you have to do to use the feature is :-
- Go to the Labs tab in Gmail’s Settings interface
- Find Offline Gmail and click enable
- Now save the changes
- After your browser reloads, you’ll see a new “Offline” link in the upper righthand corner of the Gmail page, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don’t already have it
All work done, now enjoy using Gmail offline even when you have to send attachments.
P.S :- The feature is currently in beta mode so you may experience some problems. In the offline mode you will not be able to include inline images. I have tested it myself, works fine but took some time to load my already existing mails on my system (slow internet connection). The product deserves a definite try, please share with us your experiences.