For some people, having offline access to their inbox is a must. Because of that, some of the goodness and productivity shortcuts made available on the Web mail clients is lost, replaced with standard applications like Thunderbird and Outlook.
For Gmail users, who use the Chrome Web browser, the use of a full desktop e-mail client is now optional.
Google has released the Offline Google Mail application for the Chrome Web browser. Quoting the Web store’s description, Gmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access. After first start-up, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages and queued actions anytime Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available. More than just an offline app, the streamlined user interface, based off Gmail’s popular tablet interface, provides extremely fast response time with a pure, email focused experience.