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ZOMG! Google Apps out of beta! (Now can we please get some proper Gmail push?)

Yep, you read that right. In fact, Google assures us as such, saying "Yes, really." Actually, all of the Google Apps suite — comprising Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk — is having the beta label removed.

Mainly it looks like this is being done to eliminate confusion over what "beta" really means, and to make Google Apps more attractive to businesses. From the Official Google Blog:

We've come to appreciate that the beta tag just doesn't fit for large enterprises that aren't keen to run their business on software that sounds like it's still in the trial phase. So we've focused our efforts on reaching our high bar for taking products out of beta, and all the applications in the Apps suite have now met that mark.

For our purposes, what we really, really want to see is better implementation of Gmail on Windows Mobile — push, IMAP idle and the like. (Oh, and maybe do something about those contacts.) Yeah, we've been saying that for a long time. But either Google or Microsoft needs to get it done. After all, now that Gmail's "out of beta," there are no more excuses.

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ZOMG! Google Apps out of beta! (Now can we please get some proper Gmail push?)

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Why not just get an android phone, all these apps work with it. id rather MS concentrate on making their own services (mail, calender, myphone, live mesh) work seamlessly with WM than work on a competitors product.

To get push on my touch pro I just forward a copy of my gmail emails to a window live email email account which is then pushed to my phone. Then to send emails I just use my gmail account. A little more work but it it works.

Kinda not the point. I use the Seven beta and, aside from the occasional down time, have been happy with it. But Gmail should have proper push support, label support and e-mail search for other clients. Period. No third-party help. Google's too big not to do it.

I wish that Google could change the background color of their search bar on my Windows Mobile home scree. The white color sticks out like a beam of ugly light. maybe one could customize it to match their background.....Google maps for windows mobile rocks. now has street picture view (if your neighborhood was photographed) also has add to contacts now if you search for something in google maps on windows mobile. very nice

To get push on my touch pro I just forward a copy of my gmail emails to a window live email email account which is then pushed to my phone. Then to send emails I just use my gmail account. A little more work but it it works.