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In software development, a beta test is the second phase of software testing in which a sampling of the intended audience tries the product out.

Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet. Originally, the term alpha test meant the first phase of testing in a software development process. The first phase includes unit testing, component testing, and system testing. Beta testing can be considered "pre-release testing."

Beta testing is also sometimes referred to as user acceptance testing (UAT) or end user testing. In this phase of software development, applications are subjected to real world testing by the intended audience for the software. The experiences of the early users are forwarded back to the developers who make final changes before releasing the software commercially.

For in-house testing, volunteers or paid test subjects use the software. For widely-distributed software, developers may make the test version available for downloading and free trial over the Web. Another purpose of making software widely available in this way is to provide a preview and possibly create some buzz for the final product.

This was last updated in December 2015

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what i have to do for be a beta tester?
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how to download a version 4.0?
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Back in the day, "alpha" testing meant testing within the company, while "beta" testing meant testing with outsiders, though still "friends and family." I'm not sure if that distinction is still made, however.
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I know you can sign up for some gaming sites to be a beta tester. It's usually by invitation and you report back any issues you find. So it still exists today. It can be an inexpensive method for a company to get real world feednack on a lot of issues. Even some issue that you may not have thought about at all like performance and stress loads.
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There's this term "A/B Testing" for new features but it is about UX, not functional defects. In old days "beta testing" meant what Sharon described.
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I don't understand what should I do

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What does it mean when our associates in the software recruitment industry says that they are working in Beta Platfoem?
How can we implent Beta Platform in our system?
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