Gmail Comes to Your Desktop

December 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Gmail,  Google’s email service where the company tests and launches a lot of features that they deem necessary for the user.  Some of the features are totally useless, some are funnily useless and a few are particularly useful.  One particularly useful feature that Gmail must have is offline support, that way users can continue reading their emails even when the internet connection is down.  However, in some weird twist of irony, Google has not integrated their Google Gears offline support feature in Gmail.  Instead, Zoho is enjoying the Google Gears technology while Gmail is still an online email platform.

Google is coming closer however, today they released a Gmail Gadget for the desktop through Google Desktop.  It’s not an offline version of the email service, the Gmail gadget still needs a constant connection to the web to function properly.  It is, nevertheless, another very useful feature.  The Google Desktop Gmail gadget frees Gmail from the browser.  That means one less tab or tabs if there are multiple instances of Gmail.  It isn’t uncommon for a single user to have multiple Gmail accounts anyway.

The Gmail gadget on Google Desktop allows users to do the important things on Gmail.  "
You’ll see that it covers the basics such as reading, searching, and sending messages. You can star messages, use the same keyboard shortcuts, and we didn’t forget about contact auto-complete. It doesn’t take up much space in your sidebar or desktop, and you can also resize it to show as few or as many messages as you’d like."

So there, no word yet on whether Google will be launching offline support for Gmail but the desktop gadget sure sounds  and looks great.