Dear Google (beta)
Stop labelling all your software as ‘beta’.
Beta software is unfinished, not-quite-ready software that is released to users for testing before its official release. Just because you plan to make further changes to it later does not mean it is ‘unfinished’, it just means that you plan to release a revised version later.
When you label your software which is ready for normal use as ‘beta’, and then leave it in ‘beta’ for years at a time, you devalue the term. You lead the public to believe that beta software is ready for them to use on a daily basis with no problems. This means that they will request that I install lots of actual beta software, and complain when I refuse on the basis that it will destabilise their computer and crash on a regular basis.
My message to you is this: grow up.
Just because you can’t be bothered to support your software properly, and want to get away with it by claiming it’s ‘in beta’ doesn’t mean you get to mangle an established technical term for your own means. Your actions (and not just about this) are hacking off system administrators worldwide and making our jobs harder for no reason than expanding your own market share. Stop talking the talk by bleating your arrogant and hypocritical ‘Don’t be evil’ motto, and actually start walking the walk.
Love and kisses,