I guess you all noticed the new “Turbo” link inside the WordPress administration section, but you didn’t bothered to see what’s it all about.
Clicking on the “Turbo” button will make use of Google’s Gears, offloading some of the data from the cloud into your browser cache. In this case, it’s the latest 200 files from your WordPress media library, the same files you access to stick into blog posts.
Conclusion: if you’ve got Gears installed, hitting the “Turbo” button will give you an installation message. Enabling it allows you to get at your media library faster when you’re on a bad connection. It should speed up writing a new post and make it faster to drop in photos you’ve already uploaded to the service’s cloud storage. One thing Gears is not being used for in this case is offline access, or a way to let you use the blog authoring tools while away from an Internet connection, like Windows Live Writer.
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