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Google Docs Gearing-up for Offline Access?




Back in October, we shared news that Google Calendar was requesting permission to use Google Gears to provide offline access. We’re still waiting on that.

Now it appears Google Blogoscoped is seeing something similar with Google Docs.

(image courtesy of Google Blogoscoped)

After enabling offline access and confirming the security warning for Google Gears, my documents started to synchronize, just the same as feed items synchronize in Google Reader. (In case you encounter any error messages, Google allows you to reset and disable offline access through the offline access settings dialog box.)

Disappointingly, I wasn’t able to actually view or edit any of my documents after going offline; I could only view them in the document list and received a Firefox “Offline mode” message when I tried. However, I was able to perform simple operations like renaming and starring them while being offline, which were successfully synchronized once I reconnected.

Oh Google, why do you mess with our heads. Please give us offline access already!

  • http://www.brianchappell.com Brian Chappell

    Google needs to concentrate on basic functions before tackling something so complex IMO. I am still waiting for the day I can encrypt a file using google docs.

  • http://www.bracingyourbrand.com/ Rob Kingston

    That’s great news. I mean, they have the technology to do it, why not make use of it?

  • http://www.xianhong.net Xianhong

    I only view my doc file in my gmail with Google Docs.

  • http://www.gowfb.com/ GoWFB

    Gosh i didnt know that offline access was even possible! sounds like a great idea though