Google has finally launched offline editing and creation of documents on their Google Drive platform.
This feature however is only compatible with Google Chrome and Google Chrome OS. This feature only works with documents at the moment. Google is working on adding support for spreadsheets and presentations in the coming months.
Google spoke about this new functionality:
If you lose your connection to the Internet while editing a Google document, you’ll be informed at the top of the page that your network connection has been lost. Your edits will continue to be saved offline, so you can keep typing. When you regain your Internet connection, you’ll be informed at the top of the page that your browser is reconnecting. The document you’re editing will transition seamlessly to its online state, and all changes you made while offline will sync. You can continue to make changes while this happens, and there’s no need to reload your document to move between the online and offline state. Without an Internet connection, you can also open existing documents that have been synced offline in your Documents List and start editing them. While offline, you can also click “Create” in the top left-hand corner of your Documents List to create and edit a new document.