Gmail finally out of beta stage

Google’s popular webmail service ‘Gmail’ is officially out of beta testing

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Gmail finally out of beta stage
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 9, 2009

Google’s popular webmail service ‘Gmail’ is officially out of beta testing. The service was first launched over five years ago and finally lost its beta designation on July 7.

The service has been improved and upgraded tremendously over the years with features such as online office apps, group chat and much more. Along with Gmail, Google’s Calendar, Docs and Talk apps have also shed their beta tags.

Google has acknowledged the jokes poked at its webmail service due to its long beta period and has included a ‘feature’, allowing users to bring back the grey ‘BETA’ text sitting under the Gmail text on the webpage (www.gmail.com).

On the official Gmail blog, Google’s Gmail product director Keith Coleman writes, “However, we realise that after five years, this leaves some of you wrestling with some tough questions. How will you ever get used to using Gmail without that familiar grey "BETA" text greeting you when you log in everyday? What example will you cite the next time you make an internet joke about perpetual betas? Don't despair... for those of you long-time Gmail-ers who might feel some separation anxiety, we've got a solution. Just go to Settings, click on Labs, turn on "Back to Beta," and it'll be like Gmail never left beta at all.”

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