User acceptance is a type of testing performed by the Client to certify the system with respect to the requirements that was agreed upon. This testing happens in the final phase of testing before moving the software application to Market or Production environment.
After the system test has corrected all or most defects, the system will be delivered to the user or customer for acceptance testing.
Acceptance testing is most often focused on a validation type testing.
|Alpha Testing||Beta Testing (Field Testing)|
|It is always performed by the developers at the software development site.||It is always performed by the customers at their own site.|
|Sometimes it is also performed by Independent Testing Team.||It is not performed by Independent Testing Team.|
|Alpha Testing is not open to the market and public||Beta Testing is always open to the market and public|
|It is conducted for the software application and project.||It is usually conducted for software product.|
|It is always performed in Virtual Environment||It is performed in Real Time Environment|
|It is always performed within the organization||It is always performed outside the organization|
|It is the form of Acceptance Testing||It is also the form of Acceptance Testing|
|Alpha Testing is definitely performed and carried out at the developing organizations location with the involvement of developers||Beta Testing (field testing) is performed and carried out by users or you can say people at their own locations and site using customer data.|
|It comes under the category of both White Box Testing and Black Box Testing||It is only a kind of Black Box Testing.|
|Alpha Testing is always performed at the time of Acceptance Testing when developers test the product and project to check whether it meets the user requirements or not.||Beta Testing is always performed at the time when software product and project are marketed|
|It is always performed at the developer’s premises in the absence of the users.||It is always performed at the user’s premises in the absence of the development team.|
|Alpha Testing is not known by any other different name.||Beta Testing is also known by the name Field Testing means it is also known as field testing|
|It is considered as the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) which is done at developer’s area||It is also considered as the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) which is done at customers or users area.|
Critical issues or fixes can be addressed by developers immediately in Alpha testing
Most of the issues or feedback is collected from Beta testing will be implemented in future versions of the product