What are the differences between Alpha Testing and Beta Testing?
Alpha testing is a type of acceptance testing, which is performed to identify all possible bugs/issues before releasing the product to the end-user. Alpha test is a preliminary software field test carried out by a team of users to find out the bugs that were not found previously by other tests. Alpha testing is to simulate a real user environment by carrying out tasks and operations that actual user might perform. Alpha testing implies a meeting with a software vendor and client to ensure that the developers appropriately meet the client's requirements in terms of the performance, functionality, and durability of the software.
Alpha testing needs lab environment, and usually, the testers are an internal employee of the organization. This testing is called alpha because it is done early on, near the end of the software development, but before beta testing.
Beta Testing is a type of acceptance testing; it is the final test before shipping a product to the customers. Beta testing of a product is implemented by "real users "of the software application in a "real environment." In this phase of testing, the software is released to a limited number of end-users of the product to obtain feedback on the product quality. It allows the real customers an opportunity to provide inputs into the design, functionality, and usability of the product. These inputs are essential for the success of the product. Beta testing reduces product failure risks and increases the quality of the product through customer validation. Direct feedback from customers is a significant advantage of beta testing. This testing helps to tests the software in a real environment. The experiences of the previous users are forwarded back to the developers who make final changes before releasing the software product.
Differences between the Alpha testing and Beta testing are: