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Google yanked its Docs offline function offline for good yesterday, much to the chagrin of some users.

The Mountain View Chocolate Factory announced last month that its online document and spreadsheet editors would no longer offer offline access as of 3 May. But at the same time it was unable to confirm when the function would be reinstated.

In April Google debuted updated versions of its Docs editors that were bereft of offline access through the firm’s Gears browser extension, which the company is in the process of ditching in favour of the HTML5 standard.

The ad broker said that it was developing an offline model that uses HTML5 and other tech.

“We know this is an important feature for some of you, and we're working hard to bring a new and improved option for offline access,” said Google last month.

However, it didn’t provide any further details yesterday on when that system will be implemented into its overhauled Docs editors. ®

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