Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Has Google Changed the Meaning of “Beta?”

      This piece of information about the beta products google has and what is the percentage of them are beta? This is also from a blog in
      A recent study has shown that 49% of Google’s products are in beta.  That’s incredible, especially considering that these products include Gmail, Google Docs, and more.  So what does beta really mean to Google?  NetworkWorld asked them and found out:
      “We have very high internal metrics our consumer products have to meet before coming out of beta. Our teams continue to work to improve these products and provide users with an even better experience.  We believe beta has a different meaning when applied to applications on the Web, where people expect continual improvements in a product.  On the Web, you don’t have to wait for the next version to be on the shelf or an update to become available.  Improvements are rolled out as they’re developed.  Rather than the packaged, stagnant software of decades past, we’re moving to a world of regular updates and constant feature refinement where applications live in the cloud.”
        The problem with this philosophy is that customers may not stick around long enough for a product to take off.  If it doesn’t do what they expect upon launch, then they will abandon the platform until it meets their expectations.  In many cases, they may not come back at all. To know more about this topic, Click here...


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