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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 platform has been in Beta testing since late 2004 and will be fully supported in conjunction with the upcoming R15 release scheduled for June.
CST GmbH has been Beta testing the latest builds of Spatial products on the platform and have been extremely impressed with the ability of the 3D ACIS Modeler to take full advantage of the advanced operating system.
The Video Security Systems Technician Level II examination will be in beta testing the entire month of April and comes with a one-time-only offer from NICET to waive the $180 test fee for the first 100 technicians who apply and qualify for the exam.
After beta testing and the nationwide launch, fees for each of the six exams in the video security systems group will be $180 per exam, which includes evaluation of work experience.
Itay Shalit, director of marketing at NUR Macroprinters, said "We are very pleased that beta testing for the machine went so smoothly.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Long-Time Subscribers to Popular `City of Heroes' Game to Get Top Priority When Beta Testing for `Villains' Starts Next Year
KS), the world's leading developer and publisher of online computer games, today announced preliminary beta testing plans for the highly anticipated "City of Villains(TM)" massively multiplayer online computer game.