New in Labs: Offline Gmail

Posted: 二月 8, 2009 in 非關分類

Web-based email is great because you can check it from any computer, but there’s one little catch: it’s inherently limited by your internet connection. From public WiFi to smartphones equipped with 3G, from mobile broadband cards to fledgling in-flight wireless on airplanes, Internet access is becoming more and more ubiquitous — but there are still times when you can’t access your webmail because of an unreliable or unavailable connection.

網路電子信箱超棒的啊 ! 因為你可以在任何電腦上檢你妳的郵件。但是呢,他確有一個小小的限制喔! 那就是他會受限於妳的網路狀況所影響。今日,網路的取的已經是很容易的事了,不管是透過無線設備、3G 或是一堆有的沒的設備都很簡單 – 但是這裡確有一個問題那就是呢,你無法在沒網路的狀況下存取妳的網路郵件!

Today we’re starting to roll out an experimental feature in Gmail Labs that should help fill in those gaps: offline Gmail. So even if you’re offline, you can open your web browser, go to, and get to your mail just like you’re used to.

今天啊 Gmail Labs 推出一個實驗性的功能,他可以幫助解決這個問題: 他就是 噹噹噹  –>  offline Gmail. 所以就算是今天你在沒網路連線的情況下,你依舊可以開啟妳的瀏覽器、連線到 必收取妳的信件就跟以前一樣!
Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive instead of the information sent across the network.

當你開啟這個功能, Gmail 就會利用 Gears 技術在你電腦端下載一個郵件暫存檔。每當你連獻上網路後他就會與 Gmail 伺服器作同步動作以確保本地的 PC 端擁有最新的郵件備份。所以當你網路斷線時, Gmail 會自動將模式給轉換到 offline 必且利用儲存在你電腦硬碟上的資料來替代。

You can read messages, star and label them, and do all of the things you’re used to doing while reading your webmail online. Any messages you send while offline will be placed in your outbox and automatically sent the next time Gmail detects a connection.


And if you’re on an unreliable or slow connection (like when you’re “borrowing" your neighbor’s wireless), you can choose to use “flaky connection mode," which is somewhere in between: it uses the local cache as if you were disconnected, but still synchronizes your mail with the server in the background. Our goal is to provide nearly the same browser-based Gmail experience whether you’re using the data cached on your computer or talking directly to the server.

啊如果你在無法取得網路或是超龜速(偷用鄰居的無線網路時)網路環境下時,你可以將模式給切換到 “flaky connection mode" 這種模式啊挺有趣的是一種表面上是使用 offline mode 來透過本地端儲存檔存取郵件但暗地裡偷偷與 Gmail 伺服器同步的模式。我們的目標其實很簡單就是希望大家能即便在網路狀況不佳時都能有與平時一樣的體驗,所謂無差別使用術!

Offline Gmail is still an early experimental feature, so don’t be surprised if you run into some kinks that haven’t been completely ironed out yet. We’ve been using offline Gmail internally at Google for quite a while (I’ve read thousands of messages and answered hundreds en route to visit my son and my daughter). And it’s saved me more than once when my home network connection ran into issues (we have squirrels at home that love to chew through outside cable wires). Now we’re ready to have a larger set of people try it out, so we’re making it available in Gmail Labs for those of you who want to test out Gmail’s latest and greatest and send us your feedback.

offline Gmail 目前尚且算是一個研究初期的展現成果,所以啊有什麼奇怪的問題發生啊妳也別太訝異囉!我們自己呢是在公司內部已經用了一陣子啦!(我自己是已經用他回過數千封信以及透過她與我子女交談許久) 這東西啊也在我家網路掛掉時救贖我好多次了(有奇怪的松鼠總是喜歡把我家外面的同軸電纜給咬斷 @@)。現在我們已經擁有許多的使用者在幫我們測試他囉,那為了使他更可靠大家都來幫我們測試看看囉,有任何問題也歡迎回饋給我們。

We’re making offline Gmail available to everyone who uses Gmail in US or UK English over the next couple of days, so if you don’t see it under the Labs tab yet, it should be there soon. Once you see it, just follow these steps to get started:

我們已經開放給使用 US 或是 UK 語系的使用者使用 offline Gmail 一段時間了,所以如果妳還沒看到這功能,別慌就快有囉!當你發現他出現時照著以下步驟作就可以開始體驗 offline Gmail 了:

  1. Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
  2. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. After your browser reloads, you’ll see a new “Offline0.1" link in the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don’t already have it.
  1. 點選 [Setting] 然後點選 [Labs tab]
  2. 將 [offline Gmail] 給開啟
  3. 儲存設定
  4. 更新瀏覽器後你會再瀏覽器右上角你使用者名稱那看到一個 “Offline0.1“的連結。點選該連結以進行 offline Gmail 的程序並且下載 Gears 假設你尚未安裝過。

轉錄自 The Offical Gmail Blog – [原文網址]



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