Last Updated Apr 28, 2008 11:15 AM EDT
Actually, for the moment, you're limited to viewing and editing word-processing documents and just viewing spreadsheets and presentations. But that will no doubt change as Google continues to develop Gears. In the meantime, if you want to take "offline Google Docs" for a spin, here's how:
- Head to gears.google.com and install Google Gears (it's Windows-only for now).
- After restarting your browser, head to Google Docs and click the Offline link in the top-right corner.
- Follow the instructions to complete the setup, which will also download all your documents to your PC (which may take a bit of time depending on how many you have).
- Click the new Google Docs icon on your desktop. You'll now be able to access your documents whether you're online or off. If you make any changes, Google Gears will sync 'em up the next time you connect.
Update: Forgot to mention a bunch of other Google Docs updates; read all about them at the Google Operating System blog.