Gmail, Google Apps go out of beta

After flaunting the now-fashionable "beta" label for more than five years, Gmail has finally grown up. As Google says in its official blog, the popular web-based e-mail service came out of beta earlier today along with the rest of the Google Apps suite.

Here’s what triggered the change, according to Google’s Enterprise Product Management Director Matthew Glotzbach:

Ever since we launched the Google Apps suite for businesses two years ago, it’s had a service level agreement, 24/7 support, and has met or exceeded all the other standards of non-beta software. More than 1.75 million companies around the world run their business on Google Apps, including Google. 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.

Glotzbach goes on to say the change applies to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Talk, both in their consumer and enterprise flavors.

This isn’t the first time Google has pulled a product out of beta to woo enterprise users. Last December, the company suddenly released Chrome 1.0 after just three months of public testing.

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    • dustyjamessutton
    • 13 years ago

    lol. I used Gmail for about a month then abandoned it for my good ol’ POP and SMTP mail.

    • ludi
    • 13 years ago

    Maybe this is why Google was offline or slow to respond several times last night. Since I was troubleshooting a trojan infestation at the time, I was suddenly very glad that AltaVista is still around.

    • jasonalwaysready
    • 13 years ago

    i just signed a forwarded email petition to ask them not to… it worked for hotmail!

    • vikramsbox
    • 13 years ago

    Out of beta doesn’t mean things are better. It just means that they won’t be improved anymore! So take it or leave it! LOL.
    Anyway, most google apps leave a lot to be desired; most are very skimpy and ride piggyback on the google name.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 13 years ago

    booya, Gmail has been -[

    • Meadows
    • 13 years ago

    booya, Gmail has been using me for like 5 years.

    • blubje
    • 13 years ago

    google docs does not deserve to go out of beta. shared wysiwyg editing is painful. when they support multiple heads like git or mercurial, and merging without wysiwyg, they might have something useful. until that, it’s wiki software for me.

    hopefully wave will be a bit better.

    • bthylafh
    • 13 years ago


    • Tamale
    • 13 years ago

    omglolwtfbbqsauce 5-year gmail user here too.. I’m gonna miss it!

    • henfactor
    • 13 years ago

    They better not start charging for it now…

    • eitje
    • 13 years ago

    dymt! I have never used Gmail in like 5 years.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    omgwtfbbq I have been using Gmail for like 5 years.

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    Like WTFOMGLOLz ive been using gmail since 1983, back when you wrote “open inbox” on a postcard and sent it off and then 6 days later you got a list of electric mails.
    Its grown up since then.

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    About time……

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 13 years ago

    I noticed yesterday that I still have a bunch of unused invites, back from when it first started and was by invitation only.

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    omgwtflol. I have been using Gmail for like 5 years.

    • willyolio
    • 13 years ago

    rofl. I have been using Gmail for like 5 years.

    • TheBob!
    • 13 years ago

    lmao. I have been using Gmail for like 5 years.

    • TheBob!
    • 13 years ago

    —fail post—

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