Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet. In IT parlance, it means software, a digital service or a Web site that is up and running, but the version is not definitive.
However, a beta version gives a very good idea of the final product, even though there are a few bugs and issues to iron out. Its purpose is to detect these operating issues and find possible ways to improve them, while other content and features are being developed.
Why launch montreal.ca in beta mode?
→ It’s a big job!
Montréal’s Web presence is a veritable galaxy of some 150 sites and nearly 80,000 pages of content. We’ve chosen to present to you, in a progressive way, useful information that you need the most in your everyday life.
This process is a huge challenge because we’ve also got to change the “back room” to develop new digital services that will make your life simpler.
→ We want you to be part of the process
Generally, the beta version of the Web site is only accessible to a select group of testers. We decided to remain true to our guidelines by making you part of our continuing improvement process, with a view to meeting your expectations more closely.
How? At the bottom of each beta.montreal.ca page, you can tell us if the content and display are satisfactory. If not, you can explain why.
Since beta.montreal.ca was launched, we’ve received more than 700 comments on available content. We analyze every one of them in order to identify trends, misunderstandings and navigation issues – to learn more about what we’ve done well, and not so well. Your comments are a gold mine to help us to correct, realign or redesign content and interfaces to improve your experience on montreal.ca.
Keep checking back at beta.montreal.ca to test available digital services (create your personal account, let us know about a pothole, subscribe to notices and alerts, etc.) and new pages on topics that we’ll add along the way.
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