There is a lot of misunderstanding about what exactly is Alpha testing and Beta testing. many companies implement it the wrong way.
on different blogs, I have found they compare Alpha testing and Beta testing with the product and service-based industries.
It’s very simple and crystal clear.
Alpha Testing: We invite the Selected Customers/Client to our location and Ask them to take a look at software, how it works? etc. get the feedback front them its called as Alpha testing. Also, Alpha testing happens only ONCE and not many times.
The main purpose of Alpha testing to get the feedback or client or customers or users about how they feel about the software. this feedback gets analyzed by Product Manager, Delivery Manager, and Team to change the certain things before the release.
Then What is Beta Testing?
Beta Testing: In Beta Testing we distribute the software to the selected users or customer or client ask the feedback of it. as Alpha testing was already done before Beta testing, Customer/Client can give more precise feedback on the software. its like, during alpha testing customer/Clients given some feedback and software development team worked on it, did some changes and again go the selected customer/client to ask their opinion about the software.
In Beta, Testing software is more stable than alpha testing. some companies do the public beta releases also they have a series of beta releases to keep customers/users intact with them and do not lose the focus.
The main difference in Alpha testing and Beta testing is, Alpha testing performed “in-house” and in Beta testing, we give the software to selected customer/clients( many times do public releases)
The second difference is Alpha testing is performed before Beta Testing