Beta (Release)

The second stage release of a product, and is generally designed for testing and feedback.

A beta release refers to the second time a product, especially computer software, is released to the public for testing and feedback. The aim of this release is to have customers try out the different features of the product and send reviews to the production or development team regarding which features can remain and which features should go. The release also lets users know what to expect from the production/development team with regard to cost and product lifetime.

In the different branches of computer and software development, Beta releases come after alpha releases and generally include most of the features that will eventually become part of the full software or computer. Bugs can be taken out and the system’s operation customized for user satisfaction.

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