[A] growing array of big-name software developers are finding they can make better software if they leave the doors open, by sharing information with potential customers from the start and incorporating their feedback into development decisions. While developers of games software have used this method for years, business software makers are now also catching on.
Web logs (commonly known as "blogs"), message boards and other online forums are becoming increasingly important vehicles for developers to attract potential customers--and development talent--well before an application even enters the beta stage. [more]
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