64.3 F
San Francisco
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

GMail no longer “Beta”

I’ve been waiting far too long to see the “beta” go away in Google’s applications. Today is the day that they finally removed the “beta” from the logo.  I remember releasing projects to my supervisors in the past that used to say alpha, beta, and delta.  When Gmail first came out, I saw the word beta on their page.  It was one of the reasons why I didn’t join right away because to me, beta means it might not be there tomorrow.  There’s a versioning to applications that programmers release.  In the case for GMail, I’m at least glad they didn’t stick to the numbering 1.0 or 1.1.2 or even 3.11.

Congratulations Google for getting out of beta!  Now, where’s the alpha release of Google Wave?

Here’s the news from their official blog:

Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)
7/07/2009 08:02:00 AM

Google BetaWe’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of “beta” software as not being yet ready for prime time.

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.

Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — both enterprise and consumer versions — are now out of beta. “Beta” will be removed from the product logos today, but we’ll continue to innovate and improve upon the applications whether or not there’s a small “beta” beneath the logo. Indeed, today we’re also announcing some other Google Apps features that we think will appeal to large enterprises: mail delegation, mail retention and ongoing enhancements to Apps reliability.

We have much more in store, and IT managers can read more about how to make the switch to Apps in our Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes resource centers. One more thing — for those who still like the look of “beta”, we’ve made it easy to re-enable the beta label for Gmail from the Labs tab under Settings.

References: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/google-apps-is-out-of-beta-yes-really.html

Edel Alonhttp://edelalon.com
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.

Related Articles

Halloween 2020 and COVID

Not sure how Halloween will work this year but it is good to know that companies like Hershey are putting out maps to show...

Working with Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Data Files

FORHP released a couple of excel files that contain information about FIPS and ZCTAs. For people with large amounts of data where they want...

20 Years On and Still Burning Bright – The Honda S2000

In the modern world, we are constantly pressed to have the latest things, and our cars are no exception. We’re told year after year...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

440FollowersFollow
9,970FollowersFollow
12SubscribersSubscribe
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

Working with Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Data Files

FORHP released a couple of excel files that contain information about FIPS and ZCTAs. For people with large amounts of data where they want...

20 Years On and Still Burning Bright – The Honda S2000

In the modern world, we are constantly pressed to have the latest things, and our cars are no exception. We’re told year after year...

Lion Cake

Documenting a lion cake. Nothing too fancy, just a lion cake.

S2000 Glove Box Organizer

Just highlighting this glove box organizer for the S2000 made by Modify Products. They seem to have other items for sale that fit this...

Today’s Winner

Just finished a lobster feast at New England Lobster in Burlingame, California. Many of you read about the 15-pound lobster. It was not a...