Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Why Google Buzz isn't labeled 'beta' and why it sort of is anyway | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Hmm…

Why Buzz was not called beta from the start is due to semantics. Because it's tied so closely with Gmail -- almost as a feature akin to the chat tool -- it seemed awkward, Jackson said, to label it differently.

"We started questioning the very meaning of the word 'beta,'" Jackson said.

Google still has some beta software out there -- Web apps like Scholar, browser extensions and popular versions of the Chrome browser itself. But it appears the company is being more selective about what gets the beta excuse.

Why Google Buzz isn't labeled 'beta' and why it sort of is anyway | Technology | Los Angeles Times

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