Toronto Mike

Beta Forever?


I experienced a frustrating issue with Google Chat in Gmail today.  It wouldn't log me in, telling me my system administrator had blocked me.  I knew that wasn't true, so I started trouble shooting on my own.

It turns out I had enabled a feature in Google Labs, where Google tests things out before unleashing the enhancement upon the masses.  I was enjoying Google Calendar in Gmail, but this apparently broke Google Chat today.  Disabling the feature in Labs fixed things.

That's when I realized, Gmail is still beta.  It's been 4.5 years since Gmail launched and it's still in beta.

Will Gmail be in beta forever and why exactly is that?

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