For Some Technology Companies, ‘Beta’ Becomes a Long-Term Label: Here’s an article about the perpetual beta periods surrounding new services these days.
Few people would fly on an airline that advertised its planes had untested engines, or swallow a pill from a drug company that admitted the side effects were unknown. Yet when it comes to software, it seems consumers are much more adventurous.
[…] For years, the term “beta” referred to a relatively short period of testing by a select group of outsiders. These days, beta editions are not only released to the public, but also stay in that mode for months, or even years.
I was talking about this two years ago
Why do development teams do this? Is it so they can blow off bugs by saying, “Yeah, well, that’s still in beta” or “Well, it’s not even a 1.0 release yet.” I don’t get it.
For perspective, consider that Gmail is still in beta.