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iain
11-27-2004, 11:20 AM
Ive had my gmail account for around three months now and the service is great, i was wandering if anyone knew why it was still in Beta and when it is opening up for new registrations or if it will stay as invite only

Brian
11-27-2004, 01:07 PM
Google news is still in beta and it's been up for over 2 years.

alphaoide
11-27-2004, 03:26 PM
They're probably still looking for more server space. That's what happening right now: gets more space, gives out more invitations.

gcn_zelda
11-27-2004, 03:42 PM
I have six invites, by the way...

Heh, heh, heh...

axon
11-27-2004, 04:31 PM
a rep from google is supposed to give a speech at my school on Wed - I'll ask him if I get a chance :)

major_small
11-29-2004, 07:37 AM
well, nobody ever planned to have google's search engine come out of beta - it just happened...

ober
11-29-2004, 09:00 AM
If you take something out of Beta, and something doesn't work perfectly, people complain more. It's called a "safety net". And there are a ton of things they have to work out, like getting it to work in other browsers *cough* opera *cough*

major_small
11-29-2004, 09:32 AM
nobody uses opera :D

in other [old] news, all versions of IE combined now hold less than 90% of the market (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/23/0243200&tid=95&tid=113&tid=154&tid=1)

jwenting
11-30-2004, 01:52 AM
As long as it's in beta they can continue to make it a hot item for people to hype about and want to have because access is restricted to invites...

When they open it up to everyone to sign up at will that air of exclusivity will disappear and people will discover they're giving Google unlimited access to their entire communications history without any safeguards.

B0bDole
11-30-2004, 01:03 PM
>access is restricted to invites...

I believe it will stay this way when taken out of beta