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Perpetual Beta | 28/Apr/2010

This week, I will be looking at Perpetual Beta in terms of the advantages it offers for software development.  Perpetual Beta has undoubtedly changed the way that products are planned, developed and ultimately marketed to the end user – in that the release cycle has become less rigid and more adaptable to the needs of the end users.

Some examples of the success of Perpetual Beta can be seen in Google Maps (covered in the Week 8 lecture) – the long public beta gave Google the user feedback it needed to refine its application before publishing it as a full product – which has since been adopted in mashups and on some smartphone devices. 

Most importantly, this “extended” beta process achieved greater levels of functionality without sacrificing the quality of a product that has become ubiquitous.

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