The Google home page has six main links:
Web | Images | Groups | News | Froogle | Local
Of these six main sections, four are beta. The beta sections actually outnumber the released sections two to one.
How can any user take Google seriously if they're not willing to support their products?
Good to see someone else thinks this is as silly as I do.
And Google News has been almost unchanged since it was introduced - where are the RSS/Atom feeds?
(I understand that they are probably concerned about running afoul of copyright law if they do too much with the screen-scraped results...)
Don't forget about Gmail, although there is (currently) no link from the Google home page.
None are marked as beta on Google UK - although going to Google News indicates it is in beta. It is surprising that Google doesn't has Atom feeds for any of its services (except GMail). Google does Atom, Microsoft does RSS.
A Google beta tends to be several years (search was beta for a long time).
The fact is, search is always beta - it has to be modified to get around search engine spam (which is sometimes an issue on Google).
If the services are in beta, then they really shouldn't be on the frontpage yet.
Come on, Froogle has been in beta for over a year now...
Heck, you could make a good case that Windows 1.0 and 2.0 were betas. At least Google is being somewhat honest about it.
It certainly has in recent months (years?) started to become 'cool' to be beta, but it really does lessen the value of the term.
In a small way I agree, but I'd just still rather have the CTP/Beta's now than something Final, but harldy perfect years later..
What comes to Google though, the term certainly seems to have had some inflation.
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