Gmail gets Offline attachment support

By Jos · 32 replies
Nov 25, 2009
  1. Google is furthering the offline capabilities of Gmail today with the introduction of attachments support. According to the company, these was one of the most requested features for Offline Gmail and starting today, users will be able to attach files in offline mode the same way they would in online Gmail.

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  2. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Or we can just get Outlook.
  3. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    No support for Internet Explorer? Even though a lot of people have switched to Firefox, IE is still used by a majority of people, so it's weird they're not supporting it.
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Come again ? Did you mean to say users will be able to attach files in offline mode.

    I was a bit disappointed as I thought it meant it would allow you to open received attachments while in offline mode but I guess that would force the system to download a lot of data before going offline.
  5. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    @fref: My bad, Google Gears IS supported by Internet Explorer 6.0+

    @Didou: Yeah, fixed that. Thanks.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,283   +900

    Indeed a nice feature, had to wait to get online to send the e-mails and sometimes I forgot I weren't able to send the mails due to this and never sent them.

    @Didou: You CAN open attached files offline, you just need to configure the filter to how heavy in megabytes an e-mail can be downloaded.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,648   +1,091

    I don't like using offline e-mail clients. I just use gmail directly online within the browser.
  8. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    i never liked outlook. I always used my AIM and gmail now that I got recently. But this feature doesn't quite interest me.
  9. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Man , you just gotta love Google ;) they now what you need ;)
  10. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    This doesnt really excite me that much i like gmail just the way it is an offline mode lol who really needs that? microsofts email client is not that good either coming grom an internet IT i have ran into tons of problems with it among others.
  11. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    Nice never really took quite a look in @ Google Labs yet, but thanks for sharing. Will look around someday.
  12. harby

    harby TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    Well, gmail is nice and all when it comes to emailing within a browser but really should work on a client if they want to compete with Live mail / Outlook express / Thunderbird etc etc
  13. manintech

    manintech TS Rookie Posts: 46

    don't think it's a very useful feature though
  14. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I have been using outlook for all of my offline email since gmail first allowed it. So honestly never ran across this problem. I am sure that the people who did use this are going to be very happy as I'm sure this would have been very annoying.
  15. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    This is probably for people that can't install an Email client & that would like to use Gmail on their web-browsers without it looking like you've been surfing all day long.

    That's what used to happen at work, some colleagues would open Gmail in a browser & leave it open all day getting their new Emails as times goes by (Gmail shows the new ones even without refreshing) but when looking at their surfing logs, it looks they haven't done any serious work all day long.

    Offline Gmail allows you to go through your Emails, look at attachments, reply, etc. & "sync" your activity with the on-line servers a couple of times a day. I'm not too sure what happens if the browser were to crash though.
  16. lfg18

    lfg18 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Well I have never really liked this kind of programs, i think is faster to check my e-mail online, and it alsa saves space in my HD. Any way if I had to chose I think I would use Gmail
  17. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,283   +900

    I really need that. I for once download emails from home or college, and then go through them when I have the time, and sometimes that time doesn't come when I have access to internet, so I found myself using the heavy client outlook in my netbook which isn't that great when owning more than a single computer to receive the emails in both or every computer you have an account in.

    Then came offline gmail, I just synced my other emails into gmail and used the offline feature and get every mail from wherever I and whenever I want it.

    After a while, I started replying to and mainly for work deliveries but damn, there was not the feature to attach the files offline (In my college the wifi blacks out from time to time so I don't get full time online), so left it at that and then forget to mail things.

    So... yes, I think many more people have less online time than I have, so in the end it's a pretty good looking feature.
  18. Jeez, a lot of people sure don't seem to really understand this announcement.

    #1 GMail is at heart WebMail and this WebMail works with any browser.

    #2 However, in combination with the download and install of Google Gears, one can optionally have the WebMail cached locally on the hard drive in case they have no connection to the internet and wish to work with GMail. Any mail they write will not truly be sent until they reconnect to the internet *duh* and of course they won't receive any new email until they connect to the internet *duh* but they WILL be able to see and browse and create all their GMail messages in their usual GMail web page environment while OFFLINE. And now they can also work with attachments in this envoironment. However, this OFFLINE Google Gears feature is only compatible with two web browsers - Chrome and Firefox.

    #3 You CAN already receive and use your GMail account without resorting to the GMail web interface through any email client (like Outlook) application although it works best with one that supports IMAP (like Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail).

  19. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    I dont really use the offline feature, but when I do, this sure is going to be quite convenient.
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,373   +166

    Didou makes an interesting point about gmail at work. That's exactly the way I use it (i.e., open online all day). At home I just use gmail through POP on Thunderbird.

    As for the "just get Outlook" comment, not everyone can ignore the fact that Outlook costs money.
  21. zaidpirwani

    zaidpirwani TS Rookie Posts: 74

    I tried the offline version but then got bored and disabled it....
    I never really used it that much either..
    But it is a good thing to attach files while in offline mode, as I remember that when I used it offline, sometimes I forgot to attach the files and then later sent those email thinking that the files are attached... My Boss was so mad... :)
    and we were on the phone like
    Me: I have sent the file
    Boss: No you haven't
    Me: Yes I have
    Boss: No you don't
    Me: Yes I have
    Boss: You are fired...
    (though it never came this far.... :) :) :) :p
  22. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    This is quite handy for all those users who want to be able to write emails without an internet connection. I think i will stick with outlook as this does everything I need and more!
  23. Nirkon

    Nirkon TS Enthusiast Posts: 202

    I've never liked email clients myself either, never outlook or Thunderbird or any of that
    they just complicate things and download all your emails to your hard drive, I think outlook
    was responsible for probably most of the virus infections back then.

    But as far as the offline attachments go... I don't really see a big use for it, but
    I'm never going against more features.
  24. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,283   +900

    Glad to know my example gave a lot to talk about ¬¬

    Shame on you bots posting for giveaways!
  25. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    You can always use an email client for those who go online once a day.
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