Gmail becomes more widely available: Well, thank goodness it’s still a beta. We don’t want anyone getting crazy or anything.
Effective Wednesday, the Mountain View-based company removed the invitation-only restrictions on its Gmail service in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil. Google opened up the service last year in several other parts of the world, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Egypt.
Invitations to open a Gmail account are still required in North America, Asia and most parts of the South America, but Google spokeswoman Courtney Hohne said those restrictions will be lifted “very soon.” Even then, Gmail will retain a “beta” tag to signify the company still considers the service to be in a testing phase.