The Google Drive cloud service already allowed offline access to Docs, Slide, and Tables. Google is now testing the ability to store PDFs, Office documents, and other files offline in the service from the web app.
Google writes in its blog that “Google Docs, Slides, and Tables could already be used offline. Now with the new beta, you can also bookmark PDFs, images, Microsoft Office and other non-google files for offline access using Google Drive in Chrome. ” The functionality is for now limited to G Suite customers.
At this time, functionality is limited to G Suite organizations that have opted for offline access in beta programs. It can also already be used by Gmail accounts as long as offline access is enabled and is not working for everyone.
Google Chrome Limited Functionality
One thing to keep in mind is that this is a feature that is currently limited to Chrome. That is, it cannot be active in other browsers like Safari or Firefox.
Google warns in its announcement that the feature is not yet supported by ChromeOS users. However, the company says it is working to bring these offline capabilities to the platform soon.
Ordinary users will still have to wait a while to have this feature in full. Once it is available it will end the problem that when we are traveling, and want to access an important file, we need to be connected to an internet network to do so.
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