Google has announced its migration into the app environment by taking the first steps to bringing offline access to Google Apps.
Google Apps, used on a variety of devices like mobile phones and tablets, allows offline use of Google Calendar, Docs and Gmail.
Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that was created for times when users need to read, respond to, organise and archive email without an Internet connection.
After the installation of the Gmail Offline app from the Chrome Web Store, users can continue using Gmail - even if the connection is lost – by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s “new tab” page.
Google Calendar and Google Docs let users seamlessly switch between on and offline modes.
When offline in Google Calendar, users are able to view events and RSVP to appointments. With Google Docs, documents and spreadsheets can be accessed even without a connection. Google is working towards integrating offline editing into the system.
To get started using Google Calendar or Google Docs offline, users just have to click the gear icon at the top right corner of the Web app and select the option for offline access.
Google product manager, Benoît de Boursetty, said, “When we announced Chromebooks at Google I/O 2011, we talked about bringing offline access to our Web apps, and now we’re taking our first steps in that direction.
Gmail offline ïs available now, and offline for Google Calendar and Google Docs will be rolling out over the next week.”