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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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The successful completion of the beta-test program at Merck has led to the next step in developing High Content Screening," stated Joe Zock, Director of Screen Development at Cellomics.
The Company also announced that a public beta-test program for BigDisk would commence today, allowing the online community access to this groundbreaking technology, at www.