Compatibility testing is simply used to check the compatibility of software. There are different kinds of systems in the market. While your software may have been tested on all your available equipment, it does not cover all the other systems your clients may have. Compatibility testing is non-functional testing carried out on application software to ensure its compatibility with different computing environments. It checks whether software would work in different environments, operating systems, mobile devices, hardware and even other software.
The compatibility of any software depends on its coexistence and interoperability. Coexistence refers to how a product can function as intended while sharing environment and resources with other products without any adverse effect on these products. Interoperability is the degree to which two or more systems, products or components can exchange information and use the information that has been exchanged. Compatibility testing gathers information about a product to determine the extent of coexistence and interoperability in the product.
Many things could impact your application, and it is necessary to test it in every way to guarantee 100% coverage and avoid or reduce failures.
This is to check how compatible the software application is with different browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Phoenix, Sea Monkey, Safari, Opera, etc.
This is to check how compatible the application is with different Operating Systems like Windows, Linux, MacOS, etc.
This is to inspect the software application in different versions of the software. There are two types. Backward Compatibility Testing or Downward Compatible – Testing in old or previous versions. Forward Compatibility Testing or Forward Compatible– Testing in new or upcoming versions.
This is to check the application's compatibility with different networks like 4G, 3G, WIFI, etc.
This is to check the compatibility with the different hardware configurations.
This is to test the application with different mobile devices and ensure compatibility with their platforms like Android, iOS, Windows, etc
Compatibility testing can save your product and company from having a bad reputation. When an application is still being developed, your development team may test it using your available platform. However, this is not always sufficient, and once your application is released to the public, the clients may have a different platform. This difference in platforms may lead to glitches or a complete inability to install the application or use it. This could be upsetting to customers and bad for your business. A software or application that does not function as intended on most systems would be difficult to sell. This can affect both the finances of your company and its reputation.
Compatibility testing can help you avoid this nightmare by ensuring that your application works the same way for all platforms. It is crucial to perform these tests before the application is made public. These tests will give your customers the following benefits.
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