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July 8, 2009

Where’s the Beta?

by David Spira

My world was off kilter this afternoon.

Google lifted their ever-present “Beta” tag from the Gmail logo. Basically all of Google’s cloud application had been labeled as beta for years, even though it didn’t really make sense; until today.

Gmail Logo No Beta

Where's the beta?

Where's the beta?

My browser felt off balance without the beta tag, however, I found a remedy.

In Gmail Labs (click the green beaker in the top right corner), they have a little option called “Back to Beta.” Scroll down to it, and select “Enable.”

Gmail Back to Beta

Then click “Save,” and return to using Gmail as usual.

Gmail Beta LogoAh… Back to the status quo! Usually I’m all about destroying the status quo, but this innocuous tag is strangely comforting to me.

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