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.

When Google released the first retail Chromebooks in 2011, the minimalist hardware and software were like a breath of fresh air compared to the relatively bloated PCs and Macs. However, while Chromebooks were great for working online, there wasn't much you could do if your network connection went down.

That, however, has changed. New apps have brought the platform closer to traditional computing by working offline.

In fact, there are currently about 200 offline apps available, including many productivity apps -- and the list is growing. You can even watch movies or edit videos offline.

Here are 15 offline apps that make a Chromebook more useful for email, note-taking, graphics and more.

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