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As of yesterday, it is possible to use Google Docs offline. We've all been working on this for a while now, and I think sometimes we take it for granted. A web-based word processor you can use without an internet connection?! Who'd'a thunk it?
Gigantic congrats to the Docs team, from all of us working on Gears. We especially love how simple you have made the setup and synchronization process.
Sometime soon, we'll have to get one of the Docs engineers to write a blog post about some of the challenges they faced bringing this together. There are some really interesting stories and lessons in there that would be useful to anyone aiming to offline-enable their web application.
To see offline Docs in action, check out the video below.