It only took almost five years but Gmail is finally taking the leap and removing the beta tag from its product.
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.
What does this mean for the average user? Probably not much. Google will continue to innovate and keep pushing out new lab features so for the casual user not much will be changing. Google is even giving people, who apparently hate change, the option under the settings tab to keep the logo with the beta tag on it.
This move is geared more toward potential Enterprise level users. While Google Apps keeps pushing its way into what used to be exclusive Microsoft Outlook or *cough*Lotus Notes*cough* territory it was practically mandatory that they remove the beta tag from Gmail and Google Apps. You’re not going to convince many IT Managers, or more importantly the big guys above the IT Directors, to trust their entire Enterprise infrastructure to something that’s still in beta.