In Pictures: 15 Chrome OS productivity apps that work offline

Chromebooks are lightweight, inexpensive and efficient - in other words, great for business travel. But can these Cloud-based laptops operate when you're off Wi-Fi? Sure they can -- here are 15 productivity apps that can work with you when you're offline.

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Writer This fast, basic word processor is for when you don't want anything to get between your keyboard and the screen.

A throwback to early computers with monochrome CRT-based monitors, Writer displays bright green type on a black background. It has an undo feature, a selection of 31 fonts and the ability to export your document in a variety of formats or send it to a Google Cloud Printer (when you're online, of course). It does, however, lack creature comforts like spell-checking and a search function.

A Pro version of Writer adds a real-time word counter, thesaurus and revision history; it costs $5 a month.

Brian Nadel is a frequent contributor to Computerworld.

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