If you ever take your laptop to places yuo can’t get online, or if your desktop doesn’t always have a connection (or if you are on dialup) you might appreciate this new feature in Gmail Labs – Offline Gmail.
Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive instead of the information sent across the network. You can read messages, star and label them, and do all of the things you’re used to doing while reading your webmail online. Any messages you send while offline will be placed in your outbox and automatically sent the next time Gmail detects a connection.
Gmail lover that I am I’m going to rate this one next to useless, unless you are trying to break yourself of the habit of sending emails consisting just of subject lines. My favorite recent Gmail feature is themes (check out my favorite Gmail themes), that became available in my Gmail account the day after I blogged about it.
Like I said before Gmail rocks! Now they’ve (almost) added themes, so I can now choose different themes for different browsers. Since I mainly use about 6 browsers on 3 different computers that’s really cool for me. Also this should let me see at-a-glance whether our laptop is logged into my wife’s Gmail or mine – yes I *could* just read the email address as Gmail loads but that’s less fun and certainly not worth a post here!
Okay, so here are this blogger’s early on favorites:
Finally, a good (and free) reason to actually consider getting a webcam. I don’t use webcams for remote meetings yet, but having a video chat from within Gmail, could change that. Now, you can start a video chat from Gmail chat!
“Gmail voice and video chat, which lets you have free voice and video conversations right from within Gmail”