Google Labs was a page created by Google to demonstrate and test new projects.
Google described Google Labs as "a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them."
Google also uses an invitation-only phase for trusted testers to test projects including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Wave and many of these have their own "labs" webpages for experimental projects unique to each product.
In July 2011, Google announced that it was discontinuing Google Labs.
Many of the experiments have been discontinued, although a few have moved to the main search pages. http://GoogleLabs.com now returns a DNS look-up failure. Google still has many links to its defunct "labs" tools in Google blogs that are readily accessible through a Google search.
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