Wikipedia Mobile and All Google Apps Drop the Beta Tag
Article by George Norman
On 08 Jul 2009
For those of you that are always on the go and have to access the internet via your web-enabled smartphone, Wikipedia has launched a mobile specific web page last year. The thing is that the Wikipedia Mobile web page (visit here), even though it strived to provide the same functionality as the traditional Wikipedia site, came with a big Beta tag. That indicated work on Wikipedia Mobile still needed to be done. No more, because the development team’s work on Wikipedia Mobile is complete and a final version of the site has been released.

“After spending about 6 months in alpha-beta-development-maybe-kind-live mode, we have recently moved Wikipedia Mobile over to a new fast and sexy server. With this new server, we’ve reached the point in development where we can call this baby ‘launched’!” explained Wikimedia.

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The final version of Wikipedia Mobile provides support for Android, Kindle, iPhone, and Palm Pre. If you visit the Beta Wikipedia Mobile site (link here) you should be automatically redirected to the new mobile page by default.

Speaking of taking stuff out of Beta, Google is famous for keeping some of its product in Beta forever. Some of you might remember that at the Google I/O 2009 event, one of the questions on many lips was when would Google take the Beta label off some of its most known services (like Gmail, who carried the Beta tag for the past 5 years now). At the time Google Docs Product Manager Jonathan Rochelle announced that the Mountain View-based company will address this issue “very soon.”

That moment in time Rochelle talked about is now, because Google announced it has taken all Google Apps out of beta – that means Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk.

Director of Product Management with Google Enterprises, Matthew Glotzbach, explains: “Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — both enterprise and consumer versions — are now out of beta. "Beta" will be removed from the product logos today, but we'll continue to innovate and improve upon the applications whether or not there's a small "beta" beneath the logo. Indeed, today we're also announcing some other Google Apps features that we think will appeal to large enterprises: mail delegation, mail retention and ongoing enhancements to Apps reliability.”



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