The unthinkable has happened: progress. Google apps like Google Calendar, Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Talk are no longer in beta. Gmail had been in beta for over five years. What exactly has changed now that these things are out of beta? Apart from a new graphic without the word “beta,” not much, if anything at all. Google Apps is getting some new features, but that’s for enterprise users.
Also, in the world of software, VLC finally hits version 1.0.0. Originally released in 2001, VLC is the swiss army of video players. It’s free, open source, cross platform, and plays almost anything thrown at it. Not all operating systems are getting 1.0, but the newest iteration of VLC is available for OS X, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows. VLC 1.0 has new HD codecs to decode things like Dolby Digital Plus and Blu-ray Linear PCM.
To pick up a new copy of VLC head on over to the VideoLan.org site. To get the non-beta versions of Google’s various apps — maybe clear your cache and hit reload until you no longer see “beta” on the graphic.