Friday, February 6, 2009

Blogging From Gmail Offline

If you haven't noticed, Google has added many features to Gmail in the past week. In addition to the appearance of some of the interface buttons, they have added Offline Access (through Google Gears , which is preinstalled if you use the Google Chrome browser). In fact, I'm writing this post right now through Google's webmail interface while not connected to the Internet. Next time I connect, the post will automatically be uploaded and sent via email to Blogger , creating the post you're reading now.

In addition to offline access, Google has also added multiple Inboxes to Gmail. Simply put, when you open your Gmail Inbox, you can see your Inbox mail, plus several other Inbox windows created based upon search criteria you designate. You can have these other Inboxes displayed above, below, or to the right of your actual Inbox.

All of these features require you to enable Google Labs, which you can do from the Settings tab withing Gmail -- but if you're using Gmail and haven't enabled Google Labs, well, you really don't know what you're missing.

Kudos to Google for giving their email a real offline presence. What will they think of next?

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