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Google’s Sundar Pichai noted at the Google I/O Day 2 keynote today that the company’s most important products – Gmail, Calendar and Docs will be receiving offline support in the near future. That pretty much means this summer. Google had said that the feature was set to debut this past spring but the project has been delayed for some reason.
With the news today that Chromebooks will be available to the public on June 15 there is some pressure here for the company to deliver on that promise. The fact that they have already announced when Chrome OS will be available ups the ante for whatever team is working to bring this feature to the masses.
Pichai also noted that webapps such as Angry Birds and the New York Times are already available for use while offline.
How important is offline capability to you?
Hot on the heels of what is sure to be an exciting Google I/O developer conference a new Beta release of Chrome has arrive with some new features. First and foremost is support for 3D CSS that can bring three dimensional spaces to a web page if designers wish to use it.
I found this interesting example of 3D CSS from here.
In terms of security, this new Beta release makes sure to warn users that a file download might be suspicious. Some files simply should not be downloaded and Chrome takes some of the work out of malicious files being inadvertently downloaded. You can also now delete Flash Local Shared Objects (LSO) with a web application hosted by Adobe.
It’s likely that you don’t even know that many Flash-based sites are storing this information, but by going to this address you can see a listing of websites – and delete that information if you choose.
The update also brings a new screen reader to Chrome. As a final note, this release removes Google Gears, which previously provided offline support for Gmail. This makes me wonder if Google plans to start providing support for offline activities in some sort of beta form during an announcement at the I/O conference over the next two days.
Could this mean that we might be seeing HTML5-based offline support coming soon?