Fresh, breaking news from @Google‘s blog: Google Apps, Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, Talk, they’re all coming out of beta. After being in beta for over five years, Gmail now will be without those four little letters that we’ve all come to know and love.
What does this mean for those apps? Is Google changing how they’re working on them? Not really. Here’s a quote from their blog:
“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.
So, all that is changing is the removal of ‘Beta’ from the logos, it seems.
What kind of impact might this have? Honestly, I already think of Google as providing wonderfully useful apps and services. The fact that they now no longer list it as beta doesn’t change much in my mind. But it may make things look more professional to people, especially those that may not know how well Google makes things.
Either way, Gmail and Google Apps are still very useful, and I’m glad they’re sticking around!