Google’s Matthew Glotzbach announces that Gmail and the other Google Apps are no longer labeled “beta”:
We’re often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of “beta” software as not being yet ready for prime time.
Imagine that — people thought that what Google meant by “beta” was what everyone else means by “beta”. Shocking. Anyway, though, glad to see the sham is over.