Google Drops ‘Beta’ Label from Gmail, Talk, Calendar and Docs

July 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Google’s Gmail service was first released on April 1, 2004, joins Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk in graduating from beta status Tuesday to production, as the search engine giant upgraded the pieces of its Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) suite to the status of a finished product. The change in status is not a big deal to Gmail’s millions of users. However it could help Google’s efforts to get the paid version of its package of applications, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Docs and other products, adopted inside big companies. Tech managers are reluctant to purchase products that are considered in testing mode, thus Google is making this move to help remove these barriers to adoption.

Google also announced that it is adding other enterprise features including replication of messaging data stores among various Google data centers. Google plans to add the ability to delegate e-mail accounts to assistants, and the capability to set e-mail retention policies In the coming weeks. Google also says that its Web-based messaging platform is now more compatible with Microsoft Outlook and it has improved contact management for Google Apps.


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