What is Beta Testing?
Beta testing is a type of testing in which the software is given to potential customers to test out. Beta testing is somewhat similar to a limited release in which people can sign up to get a copy of the software before its actual release, and in case they face any bugs or issues, they can report it so that they may be fixed before the release of the actual version.
The benefit of beta testing is that it tests the product in real like scenarios and in the hand of real clients. It gives a feel for how the software will function in the real world, which is why it is also commonly known as field testing or pre-release testing. It allows the real used to validate the usability, functionality, compatibility, and reliability testing of the software.
Beta testing is often considered to be the second phase of testing, as beta is the second letter in the Greek alphabet. The first letter is the alpha which equates to alpha testing being the primary phase of testing in a software development process.