I have started to notice this in a couple of places. Developers have clearly begun to notice how trite the use of 'beta' is. Well, I guess this is an improvement, right?

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Dan McComb over at Biznik must have finally won his argument with his peers because they have gone away from using 'beta' in their product.

I'll be honest, I still feel the same and this whole move. Now there is another shift to find new words to describe a products unfinished state. How about we just keep the creative naming to the products and not the adjectives describing the products.