Google removes ‘beta’ tags on apps

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Gmail out of beta(2) First Google Chrome was the first Google product to ditch the “Beta” tag, but it will now be followed by several other applications from the Google Apps suite – including Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar, as Google has announced that the beta name will be removed from both the enterprise and consumer versions.

While it does not mean that the products will no longer to continue to be innovative, the move hopes to allow enterprises to switch from Microsoft Exchange and IBM’s Lotus software to the Google Apps Premier Edition, which is a pay-only version of several Google applications with additional benefits.

Similar to the removal of Chrome’s beta tag, this now removes the sense that the product is unfinished, with some not saying that it was enterprise-ready, especially with Gmail, as it has had that beta tag for more than five years.