Royal Pingdom noticed that about half of Google’s products are still in the beta phase. Beta means that a product is no longer complete or finished. This includes GMail, Chrome, Docs, Knol, Alerts and Video. Pingdom found that out of 49 products, 22 are in beta. That means that 45% of their products are in beta. If Pingdom included Google Labs projects in the count, that would bring the total to about 57%. Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) quietly announced recently that they are shutting down Page Creator to focus on other projects.
“We are no longer accepting new sign-ups for Page Creator because we have shifted our focus to developing Google Sites, which offers many of the capabilities of Page Creator along with new features like site-level navigation, site-level headers, control over who can see and edit your site, and rich embeddings like calendars, videos, and Google docs,” states the Google Page Creator homepage. This was noticed by Pulse 2.0 commenter, Helen Saridaki.
Current Page Creator users will be automatically transitioned into Google Sites later on in the year. Google Page Creator allowed users to crop, rotate, add special effects, and edit brightness of images online. Websites used to be hosted on username.googlepages.com. Google Sites is not in beta.