Introduction to Skype’s public betas
In this post I’ll be describing what a beta version is and provide an overview of Skype’s public betas.
What is a public beta version of software?
A public beta (also called open beta) is the first version of commercial software that is released to the general public.
The purpose of a beta release is to get real life testing of the software. People testing the beta provide feedback and report any issues they come across. This information is fed back to the development teams who work on improvements before we release the final, full release of the software.
You can read more about beta releases and testing on Wikipedia.
Am I experienced enough to test a public beta version of Skype?
If you consider yourself to be an advanced computer user and you’re not afraid that some features may not work exactly as they are meant to, then yes, you are more than welcome to try out our new beta versions and send us your feedback.
How do I get a beta version?
Beta releases are promoted on our website www.skype.com. Please look at the site regularly and keep an eye out for new betas to test. You can then download the beta, start to test it and send us your feedback.
We’ll also contact you when a new beta has been released and send you the link to download it and get testing.
How do I give my feedback?
We have a number of ways to provide feedback to us:
* Skype Garage
Here you’ll find links to our development pages and also information about some cool features that are currently at preview stage.
* Skype forums
Forums are a great resource to discuss all things relating to a new beta release. You can also access the Skype Garage subsection from there. This has a forum for every preview release currently running.
* Issue tracker Jira
Use this to report any issues with the beta. We also suggest you take a look at our issue reporting guide. You can even request new features that you’d like to see.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy testing out Skype’s new top notch features and then sending us your feedback – it helps us to make Skype even better for you.