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Beta Test

A test of a product by outside users before the product goes into mass production. That is, a beta test occurs after an internal alpha test but before a product is produced in large quantities for consumers. The term is used most often in software development.
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T-Nova, the software development subsidiary of the German telecommunications provider Deutsche Telekom, completed a beta test of TRAIAN/Accounting & Analysis, the first product in the TRAIAN.
Results of the beta tests to date are positive and completion of the beta test program is expected in the end of May.
Results of the beta tests to date are positive, and completion of the beta-test program is expected by the end of May.
The RFP's will suggest a variety of studies the company wants to pursue in addition to the beta tests already scheduled and the primate studies beginning at the Southwest Foundation for Biological Research.