What is Means By "BETA Version"???

@Tushavi (2078)
Karachi, Pakistan
December 31, 2008 2:40pm CST
Hi to all well, I got this words lot of times like if i see first time "yahoo messenger 9.0" Yahoo Says its "Beta". Can you guys tells me Whats is means By "BETA"??? have a nice day.
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
1 Jan 09
There are two versions of software which come into the market. Alpha and Beta. Beta versions are generally launched in the market by the company to check if it runs good or not. Its generally given free as the company wants to know if there is a bug or not. Beta version means checking version. Its like demo but with full functionality. When the company finds that beta is running fine then it creates its alpha version and then lauches it into the market. This is the full version of that software. I hope it made my point clear. Happy new year.
• Dayton, Ohio
1 Jan 09
Actually Alpha comes first, then the beta, then usually an RC (Release Candidate) or two, then the "Final". I put that in parenthesis, because while it is no longer in Beta there are still usually more improvements that happen along the way.
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
2 Jan 09
Thank you very much for the clarification. I was thinking that I knew every thing about software development!!
@carrizo (86)
• Indonesia
29 Sep 09
With beta version, the vendor needs suggestion from the people who use their software. It just like a test version. It will be better if we download a software after their beta version ended...
• India
1 Jan 09
Hi dear, I will try 2 solve ur query... Every time new software is launched , the companies first of all want to check/test whether it is up to the mark in client's view. So they release a pre-version calles Beta version which actually to get the response of the users. After a specific period of time, they collect all the feedbacks and then improve the s/w if needed and then the final version comes into the market....
@nocovi (517)
• China
1 Jan 09
It means second stage of test stage.
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
1 Jan 09
beta is the testing period of the program. . they want feedback to what is working and what is not, then they will come out with another version to fix the problems after they are done testing.
• Romania
1 Jan 09
A BETA version is a test version, aimed at being tested by users before the official release. Launching beta versions of a software allows users to test and report bugas, before the official version is launched.
@kmkper (90)
• India
1 Jan 09
It's a public trail release in simple terms. It's a good habit for any company to test and rectify the issues in their products before the actual release. In fact many companies does alpha releases. In most cases alpha release will be internal to the company and to their clients/relationships. Beta will be for public release.
• India
1 Jan 09
Development of a commercial application is a very long procedure. Their are design stages, development stages(actual coding) and then there are testing stages. In testing stage itself their are various types like Unit Testing, Integration Testing, System Testing, Validation Testing, etc. In Validation Testing, their are two type, Alpha and Beta testing. After the application is fully developed and all other tests are over, it is time for alpha and beta testing. These two type of testing are done to find out how well the application is doing in it's real environment i.e. with its users. In alpha testing, users are asked to use the application in front of the developers, at the developers' place and after that, the required corrections are made. Then, in beta testing, the corrected alpha version is tried by the users in the real environment i.e. at the users place itself. Like you have tried Yahoo Messenger 9 Beta. A beta version is an application still in development stage; I should say. I hope you got what beta is....
@wanpisu (207)
• Malaysia
1 Jan 09
"BETA" mean software that release by the software publisher to be tested by the public. The publisher also expect that the user that tested the software will notified them when they found a problem. This important because the publisher can fixed the problem before they release the official version.
@cthabrew (65)
• Sri Lanka
1 Jan 09
beta version is the testing version of an application as i know
@mkmoney (468)
31 Dec 08
beta starts for testing people try it out first then they make improvments and then they release a better verison.
@murderistic (2280)
• United States
31 Dec 08
It means it's the test version and they still have a few more kinks to work out before releasing the official version.