Chromebooks have often been criticized for not having offline access. This is a serious limitation in situations with no access to internet. One cannot use anything on Chromebook with no internet connectivity. Faced with the criticism, Google has introduced Gmail Offline app on Chrome Web Store. Offline for Google Calendar and Google Docs will be rolling out over the next week.
Here is an excerpt from the Google’s blog
Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that’s intended for situations when you need to read, respond to, organize and archive email without an internet connection. This HTML5-powered app is based on the Gmail web app for tablets, which was built to function with or without web access. After you install the Gmail Offline app from the Chrome Web Store, you can continue using Gmail when you lose your connection by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Chrome’s “new tab” page.
Such measures will surely increase the popularity of Chromebook and it concept.