We’ve previously mentioned that Google Gears support will be removed from the upcoming version of Google Chrome, and while this move won’t seem like a big deal to most people, it does mean that users who use offline Gmail won’t be able to do so in Chrome anymore.
Google plans to shift all its services i.e. Gmail, Google Docs, Google Reader and other web apps to HTML5. So until they manage to recode the services in HTML5, It looks like you’ll need to work with the online version of Gmail or find an alternative browser/email client to do the job.
While it is good that Google is getting rid of outdated technology, I personally feel like they should let Gears stick around – at least until the HTML5 offline versions of their services are released before cutting the cord. This move is definitely going to inconvenient some folks out there.