Google fixes up offline Gmail app for Chrome

Summary:New features coming to the offline version of Gmail on Chrome include support for keyboard shortcuts and faster load times.

It's not even close to spring yet, but several major services seem to be tidying up and improving features today. First, Amazon introduced the "Send to Kindle" for PCs option to transfer documents directly from Windows to the e-reader.

Now, Google has announced that it is fixing up the offline Gmail app available on the Chrome desktop browser.

Google's support for offline apps on Chrome also represents its interest in furthering its "HTML5-powered offline journey," according to senior software engineer Dave Stewart.

As Stewart explains on the official Gmail blog, one of the major new features is the ability to sync between a week to a month's worth of mail for offline perusing. All attachments with these emails will also be downloaded for offline use.

Although just thinking about sifting through a month's worth of email in a single sitting already hurts my head, that's not bad for having that much email available while offline.

Other improvements rolling out include support for keyboard shortcuts, faster load times and other bug fixes.

The offline Gmail app for Chrome is available to download for free from the Chrome Web Store.


Topics: Amazon, Cloud, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Google, Developer


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.