Google Docs to lose offline support

Google Docs will “temporarily” lose offline support as part of a revamp of the search giant’s productivity software.

Google Docs to lose offline support

The company is redeveloping the underlying structure of Google Docs to improve performance and introduce new features such as real-time collaboration.

However, that means the company will have to temporarily withdraw support for offline access to documents and spreadsheets, with no indication of when the feature may return.

“The new Google Docs editors will take advantage of faster rendering engines in modern browsers as well as new web standards like HTML5,” writes Google Apps product manager, Anil Sabharwal, on the Google Enterprise blog. As a result, we need to temporarily remove offline support for Docs starting 3 May 2010.

“We know that this is an important feature for some of you, and we are working hard to bring a new and improved HTML5-based offline option back to Google Docs,” Sabharwal adds.

Gmail and Google Calendar will still be available offline.

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