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Google Docs goes offline with Google Gears

Google announced today that Google Docs, their web-based suite of office apps, will be available to run offline via Google Gears over the next few weeks beginning today for a small number of users.

I haven’t personally used Google Docs at all yet, though its been on my list of things to check out for some time now.

Once this offline mode is available for all users to access could it be considered a valid alternative to MS Office? In some ways I’d imagine that it could be for relatively simple documents. If nothing else it’s a step in that direction.

For more info check out this entry on the Official Google Docs Blog.

To check out Google Docs for yourself you can find it at docs.google.com.

Here’s a video of the new offline mode in in action:

[Via Lifehacker]


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