Wondering when Google is FINALLY going to bless your Google Apps account with offline access to your Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations? Like most Google Apps for Your Domain users, I have been waiting (not so patiently) for the ability to download my documents to Google Gears to work offline in airplanes, subterranean offices, or other internet-challenged locations.
Unfortunately for Google Apps users, the rollout of offline access will occur after the rollout to regular non-Apps users:
We’ve sometimes delayed the launch of features like group chat and colored labels to Google Apps domains because we want to ensure that all the features we bring to the Google Apps suite are useful and stable before providing them to our business, education and organizational users.
However, as an administrator it is possible to opt-in to new services and features within Google Apps by configuring your domain settings like this:
- Log in to the control panel at https://www.google.com/a/your_domain.com. Be sure to replace ‘your_domain.com’ with your actual domain name.
- Click Domain settings.
- Under the General tab, and in the New services and features section, check the box next to Turn on new features.
- Click Save changes.
It may take up to 24 hours for the features to be added to your domain, but it beats waiting for the rest of the Apps world to catch up.
A few of the offline features and benefits are explained in this video from the Google Apps team: