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The Meaning of Beta

George R [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, September 25, 2008
11 years ago2,926 views

According to royal.pingdom.com, 22 of google's 49 products are classified as beta, including gmail.
royal.pingdom.com/2008/09/24/w ...

Paul McNamara from networkworld got a reply from google.

In part it said:
"We believe beta has a different meaning when applied to applications on the Web, where people expect continual improvements in a product."

networkworld.com/community/nod ...

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I'm supprised that the figure is as low as 45% :P I thought it would have been higher than that! Even 57% seems a bit low.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I'm surprised how few Google products they checked.

Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ ...) lists over 100.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I remember that Google Answers came out of beta on the same day that it started to contain AdSense.

This makes me wonder whether the "beta" status doesn't just refer to how the product works for the user, but to how the product is "performing" according to Google's corporate goals.

Maybe Gmail is losing Google too much money for them to take it out of beta.

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