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Gmail gets Offline attachment support

By Jos
Nov 25, 2009
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  1. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Newcomer, in training Posts: 84

    Interesting feature - still it's a lot easier to just use Thunderbird since it has native support for gmail.

    You can later just edit a few settings, and you'll be able to have all of your emails + attachments offline, plus all the other features of gmail... So I still don't get it why people want to have everything in the web browser. Like, there are even games like Quake Live and Battlefield Heroes that are played IN browser - what's the point of that!?
  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    The point of that my dear Blackirish, is to have everything everywhere without the need of having to install software or having to be on your machine to do the things you do on your computer, that's the main idea and purpose of web-based aplications.

    No need for pendrives, or even the need for hardware limitations in some older machines (Sometimes community or public computers), web-based runs practicly everywere.
  3. jerry53

    jerry53 Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    this is great news for people with a huge amount of bandwidth and lightning fast internet connection but for others a pain this why people dont use outlook in the first place.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    But Jerry... it's like downloading anything from the net, you just leave it downloading for the first time, then everytime you check the mail you just download the new stuff, and offline mode is activated per computer you are using.

    For example, you check your mail at work, college and home. In home and ofice you have the feature available, at school you don't, simple as that.
  5. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p Newcomer, in training Posts: 133

    I personally use thunderbird with my gmail account and love it. Not a bad feature to add though, but it doesn't seem like a whole lot..just a minor upgrade really. I would think it would mostly just help the people on dial up, because highspeed your always online anyways.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    You are always online at home, but what happens when you leave your home, or have to work while traveling, or... (Insert into here another off-internet-grid possibility).
  7. I don't like the way they implemented it. Before when I add an attachment, I see a nice progress bar as to how far the upload is. Now that bar fills in 1 second, when I click send the message is in outbox and I have to wait until it disappears before I can close my browser. No progress indicator or anything. Another thing, I didn't notice this at first and closed my browser immediately leaving the message unsent. The next time I opened the browser I saw it was in my outbox and gmail was synchronizing. Now I couldn't read any new messages until the upload had finished, because it was apparently part of the synchronization process.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,369   +302

    in addition, a) it's platform dependent and only runs as an email client vs.
    b) the gmail pop3 interface is platform neutral
    c) and the webmail interface is not only platform independent,
    but can be used from a laptop at any location where you can get a connection
    (email clients can receive but not send in this environment due to Open Relay issues).

    [I'm agnostic and {Mac, PC, Linux, OpenBSD, ...} are preferred :) ]
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