Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Personally i'm a Gmail user for almost 3 years. As a moderate email user, I would say, Gmail is reliable, fast and easy . And that makes me wonder why Google still keep the word "Beta" for all these years.
Today,7/7/2009, (my birthday actually) Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — both enterprise and consumer versions — are now out of beta. You won't see word"Beta" in these applications anymore.
Matthew Glotzbach, Director, Product Management, Google Enterprise wrote on googleblog.blogspot.com "Ever since we launched the Google Apps suite for businesses two years ago, it's had a service level agreement, 24/7 support, and has met or exceeded all the other standards of non-beta software. More than 1.75 million companies around the world run their business on Google Apps, including Google. We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark."
If you think Gmail still deserve the word "Beta", you can enable the Beta logo. Click on setting after logging in to gmail. Under setting, choose Lab. Scrool down until you found "Back to Beta" , select enable and save your changes.
Should I change back to beta? No. I think I 'll just leave it as it is.