Beta....can anyone explain this to me?

United States
May 22, 2007 10:33am CST
It seems like everything I see lately says Beta. I totally don't understand it. Does it mean that something is in the early stages of being put together? Once the "kinks" are ironed out does the word Beta disappear and it's just the name of the site? Does anyone have any idea what it all means? It does nothing but confuse me. Are there people who feel the same way I do or do you just not pay any attention to it?
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@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
22 May 07
"beta" or "beta phase" is, simply put, the testing phase of a software, or program. programs are usually launched (in beta) publicly so people can actually try it, and hopefully they'll report bugs (or problems) they find while using the program. c',)
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• United States
22 May 07
That sounds good to me and it does explain a lot. So I guess eventually the word Beta will disappear. Thanks for your help.
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@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
22 May 07
normally, yeah, the word "beta" disappears. but programmers usually release another version after beta, which is normally called "alpha" version, which is the fixed version of the "beta" version. and sometimes, if programmers think they've fixed all the bugs, they release a final version of the program. pretty much the reason why, at certain times, you see programs with version numbers like 2.1b, 4.6a, 5.9. c",)
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@santuccie (3375)
• United States
23 May 07
Actually, alpha comes before beta. Alpha versions are usually not release to the public for testing, as they are hardly stable.
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
22 May 07
As a few members have already mentioned, the beta version is an early version which is still being developed and tested. Most companies issue beta versions to selected people so that they can evaluate potential conflicts with various combinations of software and or hardware. It would be impossible for companies to test all the possible permutations themselves. I agree with you that there are a great deal of beta versions around at present, and I disagree with companies promoting such potentially unstable material to the general public.
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• United States
23 May 07
Maybe putting the sites out to the public in Beta is the only way they can get them tested without having to put any more money into them.
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
27 May 07
This is precisely why they issue Beta versions, but I have always thought that they should make it more clear to people exactly what they are providing by supplying such software.
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@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
22 May 07
yahoo mail beta - using yahoo mail beta..testing phase
beta means testing...like yahoo beta mail..they have to give it out to few member first for testing before its launching..but even if member are already using it for their mails, they are still working on some new stuff in it.
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• United States
23 May 07
I had the yahoo beta email when it first came out and I hated it. I got rid of it as fast as I started it and never went back.
@Karmalina (647)
• Australia
22 May 07
Ha. I honestly think some programs stay as a "beta" forever to excuse bad programming. Not all do this but a lot you never see anything but a beta version. Kind of makes ya wonder.
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• United States
23 May 07
Your right, that's why I wondered about it. I've seen some Beta programs that have been going on forever so it really confused me.
• United States
22 May 07
Yes a "beta" in software terms is a testing version of software. Betas are made for people to test and report back with problems and bugs so that the company of the program can fix and improve it before the final version comes out to the general public. You should not run a beta on public computers or one that you normally use for everyday use or work environments. Betas will not hurt your computer, however you can't expect them to function as good as the final product will.
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• United States
22 May 07
Not run it on my everyday pc huh? If it's in Beta stages then we know it's not going to be as functional as it will eventually be so I can see the point to that. Thanks.
@vin_kmr (227)
• India
24 May 07
Beta means it is a computer word, any one will tell that the particular application is in Beta stage means it is left for testing. just like for trial, testing, observing. there is nothing to get confused, as per my knowledge, it is for testing purpose, how it works, do you have any other comments?