Google Gmail Offline Access Now Available

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At long expected, Google makes its Gmail capable of offline access but this feature is in its experimental stage. Google is not the first of the major Web e-mail providers to provide offline access to its service. Yahoo did it last year, though its approach requires users to download a desktop e-mail software program called Zimbra, which Yahoo acquired in 2007. (Zimbra can also be used for offline access to Gmail and AOL Mail.) Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail offers limited offline access. And Zoho, a smaller provider of Web e-mail, has provided offline access since October.

Most Web e-mail services have long allowed users to download their messages to desktop clients like Microsoft Outlook via POP or IMAP technology. But Gmail’s new offline feature will allow users to handle their e-mail within the familiar Gmail interface, with automatic synchronization of changes when an Internet connection is available.

The new service will be in the “Labs” section of Gmail, which the company uses to introduce experimental features. So don’t be surprise if you find some bugs, because its still not completely developed for full release. Google said offline access to Gmail would be available to users in the United States and Britain over the next couple of days. So if your in the said area, just try it, and be one of the fault finding user.

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