Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Google Finally Pulls The Beta Tag From Several Apps

We've spoke out in the past about Google's ongoing use of the beta tag for most of their apps and how the company seems to redefine the term beta. So I must say it comes at a bit of a shocker to see that the company has decided to pull the beta tag from several of their top applications.

Google took the time to poke a little fun at themselves in today's announcement on the Official Google blog. Stating Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really).

The company officially took the beta tag of of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — "Beta" will be removed from the product logos today.

We'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...

"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."

Kudos to Google, I mean it is just a tag and we all know the software works well, but from a traditionalist point of view I hate to see the beta tag over used.

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