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I frequently need to get work done in places where I have no connectivity, so I need a local, out of browser application (meaning, still functions when there is no internet connectivity, but syncs when it can) to integrate with Google Calendars and Tasks for reminders. I'm not finding any such thing on the desktop. Any suggestions?

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I'm not sure this is the best place to ask questions like this. Consider asking it in Superuser.com –  Renan Jul 18 '11 at 18:38
There's always an Android phone or tablet. –  Al E. Jul 19 '11 at 11:15
Also see webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/6944/… . I update it periodically as I read things on the Google Blogs. –  Stefan Lasiewski Aug 8 '11 at 22:52

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You can use Google Gears to access content offline. See this help page for details. Before trying it, read about browser support. We are in an interim space right now where the newest browsers aren't supported. The reason is that Google is switching from their own format to the more general/supported HTML 5 format. Later in the summer, the most current browsers will support offline access via HTML 5 which will likely be easier to user/more seamless.

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I like this, but Google hasn't had a great record of continuing to support gears through upgrades. (ie, look at Google Docs), so it's not a solution I consider viable, which was why I specified it needs to be out of browser solution. –  Stephanie Jul 18 '11 at 3:12
They aren't planning to support gears. They are planning to support HTML 5 going forward. Which is a browser standard. That's like saying what if JavaScript dies. –  Jeanne Boyarsky Jul 18 '11 at 22:32

Microsoft outlook is there for you. It is can be very well integrated to any online calendars, no browser compatibility issues. But it is not free.

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I have a deep loathing for Outlook, but if it proves to be the only solution, I might be stuck with it. –  Stephanie Jul 18 '11 at 3:13

Thunderbird with the Lightning add-on (or just the Sunbird app) with the Provider for Google Calendar add-on will give you a desktop client to Google calendar. Unfortunately, Tasks is a bit more problematic as it's not very mature however there is an API available.

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Thanks @davewasthere. –  Al E. Jul 27 '11 at 12:33

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