Perpetual Beta

25 Apr

The beta is called as a name in a software company. Also its represents the second stage of the software, which means its test by selected public users. Apart from that, Perpetual beta means that applications are in perpetual test mode and also application are no longer software artefacts, but they are ongoing services. So this has significantly impact on the entire software development and delivery process. However, age of Web 2.0, applications did not provide any new functions only by a single release and new functions would be added on users experience.

According to Alex (2012) ” With beta softwares, there is no guarantee that everything will goes well, but perpetual beta removes most risks because of changes are much smaller “. Perpetual Beta brings benefits to the firm. The reason for that was, customer-oriented and faster reflection. Also below are some methods to do this.

Release early and often 

Software has to be update frequently and fix the bugs or updated to the newer version. So that user could enjoy new features and get the worked done more easily.

Engaging users for test

Its good method to engaging users to access the new features rather than advertising the software.  So that, company would get fast feedback from the users and get the idea how to deliver the software in better way.

Use dynamic tools and languages

Employ platform independent and dynamic languages such as Ruby, Python and some JavaScript are productivity and speed. Also development frame works focus on productivity and simplify such Ruby.

Adobe Creative Suits

Adobe made an online testing centre called as Adobe Lab, which can be access via online and any member able to access this Lab. This software or tool will gives user to get the experience and opportunities such as test, evaluate and run beta versions from the Adobe Lab. Although, Adobe provides fast feed back to their current customers. So that they can get in-touch their customers.

Adobe advertise their beta versions and release their upcoming products , which is a good way of introducing products to the users. Their all products are available on their official web site.

However, this is a powerful software and they followed up good methods to advertise their new products and maintain their brand name well. From those reasons, users are very reliable on using those softwares without any hassle.


Adobe System Incorporated. Retrieved from by 23rd of April, 2012

Chitu., A. (2012). Perpetual beta. Retrieved from by 23rd of April, 2012

Wikipedia Software testing Retrieved from  by 23rd of April, 2012


Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Perpetual



4 responses to “Perpetual Beta

  1. jacobstrangelove

    May 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hmm it’s interesing that in minimises risks using a perpetual beta system I always thought of it as buggy or risky to use however they seem to use it to great success. Also good to see the benifits of the system nice post.

    • janithd1

      May 24, 2012 at 5:19 am

      Yeah…it seem to use it to great success… 🙂
      Thanks mate..

  2. zppowenl

    May 22, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Good post!

    Firstly, you investigate the concept of “Perpetual Beta” by its literal meaning; it’s informative but easy to understand for readers.

    Secondly, you use in line reference of Alex(2012) to explain “Perpetual Beta” in depth and make this post more professional.

    Thirdly, you use the own research example ” Adobe Creative Suites” to investigate the concept. It’s very good !

    Suggestion: This post will be much better if you combine “Adobe Creative Suites” with “Perpetual Beta” features closely. You just introduce how “Adobe Creative Suites” engage users to test. However, this post doesn’t reveal how “Adobe Creative Suites” release often and early. Right?

    Anyway, it’s a very good post !


    • janithd1

      May 24, 2012 at 5:27 am

      Thanks mate…



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