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Offline Gmail, Now With More Mail

The offline Gmail web app

Google has launched an improved version of its offline Gmail web app for Chrome. The updated version can now store up to a month’s worth of email offline.

Since it’s a web app, current users of the Gmail Chrome app will see the new version the next time they open the app. If you’d like to try it out, you can install the Gmail offline app from the Chrome Web Store.

The main new feature in this release is the expanded syncing capability. Offline Gmail for Chrome will now synchronize 7, 14 or 31 days worth of email for use without an internet connection. That’s a considerable step up over the initial release, which only synced the last three to seven days’ worth of email. Mail attachments are now downloaded with messages and available for offline use as well.

Google has also added support for Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts, which means that the app version of Gmail is almost indistinguishable (functionality-wise) from the regular Gmail web page. The main downside is that the app version — and all its offline functionality — still only works in Google’s Chrome web browser.