Some of Google's product remain beta for years, and Google News was one of them. Today Google posted on its blog that Google News is finally taken out of beta stage.
This free service from Google has been online for a bit more than three years and offers 22 regional editions in 10 languages.
We've certainly gotten a lot of feedback from both readers and editors. For example, readers told us they loved the news clusters but they didn't want press releases on the home page (although they are still useful to have in the search results). A major area we wanted to address was personalization. We offered email alerts, as well as the ability for users to create a personalized page, but many users don't have the time to specify exactly what they want. So today we're adding a way to automatically recommend stories for users with Personalized Search.