I suppose it had to happen someday...
After five years and three months Gmail has finally tossed the beta plates and joined the ranks of grown up v1.0 software. Joining Gmail will be Calendar, Docs and Google Talk (yes, they were all beta services too!).
Happily Google has demonstrated a fine sense of humour with the announcement explaining:
For those traumatised by the removal of the Beta label Google has also added 'Back to Beta' - a Google Labs feature which simply sticks the 'Beta' tag back onto your Gmail logo.
Yes, sometimes change can be hard to accept...!