Google’s new way of naming not ready-for-primetime products should make developers happy

Google is rejiggering the names and structure of yet-to-be-live Google Cloud Platform products to better match what its development teams call them, as described in a Google blog post.

Gone are the phrases “trusted tester,” “limited preview” and “preview,” which are now “early access program,” “alpha” and “beta,” respectively. This new way of identifying where in the development-and-release cycle is a particular product is less confusing and fits better with coders’ terminology, the company said.

If a product is in its alpha phase (or what used to be limited preview), it is still being tested to see whether it breaks when rolled out to a large audience; its overall design shouldn’t be affected as this is purely performance testing. While [company]Google[/company] can still add a feature to the alpha product, users should be able to put the alpha product in test environments.

The new beta phrase, which replaces preview, is a more widespread release of the product that users can play with without restrictions; users won’t need to sign off on service-level agreements or promise some sort of technical support.

Google’s trusted tester program, geared for users who want to be involved in the product’s design phase from the get-go, is now named the early access program. This phase will only include products Google deems appropriate for select customers that it wants to ping for feedback about design.

The new naming structure is now live.