Web applications are constantly advancing in technological terms and nevertheless always improving. They are improving with making customers feel closer to the application, delivering products faster to customers and providing customers with quicker feedback. This is where utilizing the Web 2.0 tool Perpetual can come to a great advantage. According to our lecture slides, perpetual beta is the keeping of software or a system at the beta development stage for an extended or indefinite period of time. It is often used by developers when they continue to release new features that might not be fully tested. Perpetual beta software is not recommended for mission critical machines. However, many operational systems find this to be a much more rapid and agile approach to development, staging, and deployment. (Wiki 2012)
My personal definition of Perpetual Beta is supplying users a version of a software at a certain development stage for an indefinite amount of time. At this stage, features provided by developers of the software are not completely tested and thus, developers seek feedback to improve on the given feedback for the final update of the software. Perpetual beta implies continual evolution and consant change.With perpetual beta, features are always changing and thus nothing is static in the software beta version. With this said, beta versions of software give users an insight to what the final product may be before it is launched. This means, that they may not guarantee that all features of the software operate well. Nevertheless, a product still in beta can be labelled as an “unfinished product”. Beta versions are constantly testing and exploring ways to challenge future possibilities regarding the product.