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alpha test

[′al·fə ‚test]
(computer science)
A test of software carried out at the user's location and using actual data.

alpha test

The first test of newly developed hardware or software in a laboratory setting. When the first round of bugs has been fixed, the product goes into beta test with actual users. For custom software, the customer may be invited into the vendor's facilities for an alpha test to ensure the client's vision has been interpreted properly by the developer. See beta test and testing types.
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Alpha Tests are activities to sufficiently characterize systems in support of contractual necessities, management, and initial fielding decisions.
Alpha tests are of course earlier versions of the application and the company alerts users that they "could be less stable than the releases in the Android Experiment Program.
The Alpha test of PokAaAaAeA@land includes six islands with 52 stag and 134 kinds of PokAaAaAeA@mon to collect, train or fight.
For those who will be playing on the Xbox One and PC, the alpha test continues.
Headquartered in Timisoara, Romania, Alpha Test SRL will be representing Geotest's complete line of products, including PXI- & PC-based instrumentation, GBATS systems, ATEasy software, and the legacy instrument replacement product line for the Romanian market.
TexTango users, who send SMS messages with the banner ads attached during the alpha test with their BlackBerry phones, will initially be entered in a sweepstakes to win a new 2010 Smart[R] car, and other valuable prizes.