More than 1300 software testers from 68 countries recently participated in uTest's Battle of the Browsers competition. The uTest community found:
- 672 overall bugs
- 101 "showstopper" bugs, which are flaws that need immediate attention
- Internet Explorer 8: 356 uTesters identified 168 bugs, including 9 percent that were classified as showstoppers.
- Firefox 3.1 Beta: 514 uTesters identified 207 bugs, including 24 percent that were classified as showstoppers.
- Google Chrome: 461 uTesters identified 297 bugs, including 12 percent that were classified as showstoppers.
On Demand Bug HuntersStill, there's a bigger story or trend here. During the economic slowdown, many software companies will struggle to maintain their internal bug-testing staffs. On the flip side, novice external testers can either slow down a beta process or fail to properly document bugs for software companies.
Enter uTest, which could serve as an on-demand marketplace for software companies that need to polish their code but either (A) can't afford a massive, internal code-testing team or (B) don't have a loyal user base willing to test beta code. uTest potentially fills that void, marrying software companies with beta addicts who love hunting bugs.
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