Yes, you heard me right. Gmail now has desktop support, called offline mode. This is a monumental advance, as it allows you to still have access to your mail even when you don’t have internet access (or something like MS Outlook, whick I have, but don’t use).
It does it in a slightly different twist then normal email, though. You still read your email through your browser, so your UI stays the same online and offline (which is great for those, like me, who are still lovin’ the new themes). And, like traditional mail clients, you now have an outbox, which stores your messages to send them when you get internet again.
It stores all your emails with Google Gears, which, the way I see it, is quickly becoming Google’s central managment system for all of you data (email, reader, etc.). Its a really neat idea.
One of the best features, though, is the “Flaky Connection Mode” (for those with a, well, flaky internet connection), which still acts like offline mode, but occasionally syncs with the Gmail servers, to give you the best of both worlds.