“… We get asked all the time why Google keeps its products in beta for so long. And Gmail, five years after launch, is consistently a subject of this questioning, even of jokes.”
Google has acted uponto address such questions (and jokes… errr) by dropping BETA tag from its app logos. Now Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk are NOT beta products. Beta word is mostly associated with new and trial version of products being developed. With so many years in existence, Google Apps have matured and found stability in its offering.
So, Google has taken BETA tag out from its apps by removing small grey word “beta” next to logo. Does this change anything for Google App users? Only thing that will change is look of the logo which appears lot cleaner without the beta word. As far functionality, Google Apps will work and function like they have been doing so in past with more new feature in offering (hopefully).