Beta Testing | Software Testing
Prerequisites – Software Testing Basics, Types of Software Testing
Beta Testing is performed by real users of the software application in a real environment. Beta testing is one of the type of User Acceptance Testing.
Beta version of the software, whose feedback is needed, is released to a limited number of end-users of the product to obtain feedback on the product quality. Beta testing helps in minimization of product failure risks and it provides increased quality of the product through customer validation.
It is the last test before shipping a product to the customers. One of the major advantage of beta testing is direct feedback from customers.
Characteristics of Beta Testing:
- Beta Testing is performed by clients or users who are not employee of the company.
- Reliability, security and robustness are checked during beta testing.
- Beta Testing commonly uses black box testing.
- Beta testing is carried out in user’s location.
- Beta testing doesn’t require lab or testing environment.
Types of Beta Testing:
There are different type of beta testing:-
- Traditional Beta testing:
Product is distributed to the target market and related data is gathered in all aspects. This data can be used for Product improvement.
- Public Beta Testing:
Product is released publicly to the world through online channels and data can be collected from anyone. Based on feedback, product improvements can be done. For example, Microsoft conducted the largest of all Beta Tests for its operating system Windows 8 before officially releasing it.
- Technical Beta Testing:
Product is released to a group of employees of an organization and collects feedback/data from the employees of the organization.
- Focused Beta Testing:
Software product is released to the market for collecting feedback on specific features of the program. For example, important functionality of the software.
- Post-release Beta Testing:
Software product is released to the market and data is collected to make improvements for the future release of the product.
Criteria for Beta Testing:
- Sign off a document on Alpha testing.
- Beta version of the software should be ready
- Environment ready to release the software application to the public
- Tool to capture real time faults
Advantages of Beta Testing:
- It reduces product failure risk via customer validation.
- Beta Testing allows a company to test post-launch infrastructure.
- It helps in improving product quality via customer feedback.
- Cost effective compared to similar data gathering methods.
- It creates goodwill with customers and increases customer satisfaction.
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