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The Anatomy of Cross Platform Testing

TestFortExpert by TestFortExpert on 03/22/2018

The Anatomy of Cross Platform Testing

There are dozens of browsers and operating systems — you just never know what a user will pick to open your app or site on. For that, cross platform testing is performed.

What is cross platform testing?

There are two types of manual and automated cross-platform testing, used both for sites and apps:

Why is it necessary to adapt software to different platforms? Because there are thousands of possible ways for users to launch your applications, and you need to make sure they are always accessible and functioning.

Cross platform website testing

You’d think, in the modern era of jaw-dropping innovations, companies could find time to check the compatibility of their website. Especially when it comes to corporations like Airbnb or Groupon. However, weird things still happen: for instance, Airbnb Support recommended users to launch their website only in Google Chrome, and so did Groupon. People were outraged and the situation on Twitter got out of hand for a while.

Building and testing your website for just one browser? How 90s of you.

However, there is a good side of each story: now we have a lesson about the importance of cross platform browser testing and the consequences of its ignorance.

Why do websites look differently on various browsers?

So the rule is: the website should be tested on various browsers and operating systems. The sooner the better, usually it can be done as long as you have page designs ready. But even if your website is already functioning, better late than never.

What is the purpose of cross-browser testing

We sorted out that interface should be tested on different browsers. But let’s face it: you can work with a bad interface even if it sucks. However, lack of cross-browser testing might have more serious consequences like disable some of the important website functions (do an order, fill a contact form, download a file) or prevent a user from completing a durable procedure such as registration, commenting, writing a post etc. It all results in frustrated users and unsatisfied site owners.

To prevent all of that from happening, the team of testers steps in to:

Cross OS testing for apps and websites

According to Gartner research, the most popular operating systems are Android, IOS, Windows, and Linux. Each of them has its requirements and peculiarities which need to be taken into account. The best possible option is to adapt your app to all of them.

However, it’s a very expensive investment, and rather unnecessary if you have a narrow audience. Why not to pick 1-2 most popular OSs (basing the choice on the thorough research of your audience) and thoroughly test your software just for these platforms? Yes, you won’t make happy every user but at least bigger half of your audience will be satisfied.

What to consider while planning cross platform testing?

Cross platform testing is not a luxury but a necessity. If you developed a great app or website, the least you can do for its success is to make sure potential clients will access it. If you have a project that you can’t wait to show the world, contact us. Our award-winning QA team of 100+ certified testers is happy to make sure your product works exactly the way you intended, on all browsers and operating systems.

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