This is going to be a short post – all I really have to say is that Gmail is no longer branded as being in beta anymore! I’ve been using it since it was in closed beta in 2004 and was far from the only person wondering why they still had it pegged as an early build of software. The changes apply to the Google Apps software, which include Calendar, Docs and Talk.
Now, Gmail offers robust features and storage that most other services such as Yahoo Mail and Microsoft’s hotmail can’t come close to matching. That said, it has typically had a less than perfect track record with regards to uptime with multiple instances in the past where the popular service went down for millions of users.
Many may be wondering why Google has decided to pull the beta tag from its branding now – after all, there were only expected changes made under the hood to the Apps software; features added include mail delegation, mail retention and ongoing enhancements to Apps reliability. As it turns out, this is more of a marketing move than anything else specifically targeted at enterprise users who don’t fancy using software perpetually marked as being in beta.
Here is to the next 5 years with Gmail and to hoping that they have those uptime issues sorted down at the Googleplex!