GMail moved to public beta from private beta in some countries

by Hari K. Gottipati

Google Operating system blog reports that after 3 years of invitation only access, GMail is opened for public sign up. The service is still strictly in beta, even though it's been around since 2004. GMail started with invitation only sign up in April 2004. Later in 2005, it allowed anyone in the US to get an invite by having an invitation code sent via SMS to their mobile phone. Now you can sign up GMail with out invitation or invitation code at http://mail.google.com/mail/signup.

From initial launch they took 3 years to open for public and how long they take to move out of beta(public beta)?


Update:
From
BBC news
An earlier version of this story - based on a Google statement to the BBC - had reported that Gmail was now freely available around the world; however Google has now withdrawn this statement.

Now users can now freely sign up to Gmail in across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as in Brazil, Australia, Russia and Japan. So in US, it's still by invitation only.


5 Comments

amrit
2007-02-07 12:42:32
I dont see a problem with extended beta. Gmail has been working really well pretty much like a commercial product even tho its still in beta.
Hari K Gottipati
2007-02-07 12:50:31
@Amrit
Gmail has been working really well pretty much like a commercial product even tho its still in beta.

I agree with you, lately GMail is stable.
I dont't think Google is feeling the same -:). If Google feels that its working really well like a commerical product, they would have been removed the beta label by now -:)
Matt
2007-02-07 14:13:34
Too bad this isn't true, if you go to that link and click "Sign up for Gmail" the same old sms form is shown.
Hari K Gottipati
2007-02-07 15:15:53
@Matt,
Check the note at the end of the BBC story.
An earlier version of this story - based on a Google statement to the BBC - had reported that Gmail was now freely available around the world; however Google has now withdrawn this statement.


Google withdrawn the statement, so its Google's fault.

Pephi
2007-02-07 15:24:23
Gmail just keeps getting better