Gmail finally comes out of beta

Google has announced that its Apps Suite, which includes the likes of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk, is finally set to shed its

Gmail in particular has carried its beta tag for more than five years, and it has been a bit of a head scratcher as to why seemingly finished programs have carried on as "betas" for so long.

While Google explains that the four applications have been running at or above the standards of other non-beta software for a while, they have never quite managed to drop their beta tag – until today.

Effective immediately, you will no longer see beta underneath any programs in the Apps Suite, after Google decided businesses didn't like to run programs that still appeared to be in a trial phase.

To avoid deterring them further, the applications have all be checked to ensure they reach the standard needed to drop the beta name, and will now appear sans beta tag.

Of course, if you've grown rather fond of the little beta logo, you can get it back onto your Gmail from the Labs tab under Settings. You crazy lot.

Let us know below if the beta tag has ever worried you when using these programs.