Google Earth is Official: Not Beta Anymore

Google has finally made Google Earth official – it’s not a beta product anymore. Now even more people will be able to use Google Earth for sightseeing, business applications, GIS applications, sports, planes and flying, and more. Welcome to all the new Google Earth users downloading GE for the first time. Read Google Earth tips as you learn more about the program.
The announcement was made at the Official Google Blog. Also part of the announcement, the Mac version of Google Earth is now available (see this story). Google Earth version 3.0.0762 for Windows XP, which was released in November, was deemed worthy enough for the announcement of official release.
The Google Earth team has worked very hard in the past 6 months, since GE first went into beta, with several public updates addressing problems and adding features to the program. For some time now I’ve been predicting they were about to make the product official, and after the announcement of the Google Pack at the CES Keynote last Friday, I knew it had to happen soon.

So, now, as an official product, maybe Google will put even more PR muscle behind this really awesome program. I expect the media will be writing more about Google Earth in the coming weeks and months. If you haven’t downloaded Google Earth yet, you are missing out on one of the most amazing free programs ever made available on the Internet. Congratulations go to the hard-working Google Earth team (with a little help from a few million beta testers).

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. anonymous says:

    Do you really think Google will advertise Google Earth and put “PR muscle behind this really awesome program”? I don’t expect any big change on that front. First, they need to figure out how to make (some/more) money off of Earth. Second, they don’t advertise much now; they don’t have to! You [bloggers] do it for them. Heck, there wasn’t even a PR regarding the Mac version, just a “howdy do” e-mail to journalists as I understand it.

  2. You have some good points, especially about us bloggers doing it for them. 🙂
    However, what I meant is they may actually start doing things like saying how many copies of Google Earth have been downloaded, highlighting unique business cases where people are already making money off Google Earth, and maybe starting to report on revenue streams as a result of GE.

  3. When will the Linux version be ready?
    The community is waiting for at least a native beta version. Please!

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