beta test



Second level, external pilot-test of a product (usually a software) before commercial quantity production. At the beta test stage, the product has already passed through the first-level, internal pilot-test (alpha test) and glaring defects have been removed. But (since the product may still have some minor problems that require user participation) it is released to selected customers for testing under normal, everyday conditions of use to spot the remaining flaws.

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  • You should run a beta test on any project before you start to try and figure out if it really will be worth pursuing.

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  • You may need to try a beta test to see how your product will work in a practical situation after it has been released.

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  • The gamer was excited to find out that he was chosen to beta test the new gaming system that was in development.

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