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beta version

[′bād·ə ‚vər·zhən]
(computer science)

beta version

beta version

A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to try under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing inhouse and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as a result.

Beta testing is imperative when writing software because developers are too close to their products, and fresh eyes are essential. In addition, for Windows developers especially, it is impossible to duplicate the myriad configurations of PC hardware/software that exist, and beta versions test for potential conflicts as much as usability. In more closed environments such as the Mac and mobile phone platforms, beta testing is less about coexistence with other software and more about functionality and ease of use, the latter a long-standing joke in this industry (see user interface). See alpha test, beta test, release candidate and dogfooding.
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Taya IT, a regional specialist in enterprise and internet search applications announced today the latest beta release of Yajeel.com, a specialised Arabic search network which aims to improve search for Arabic information online by providing highly relevant results and a simple, social way to discover content.With over 1 trillion pages on the World Wide Web, and ever increasing consumer expectations in the search for relevant information, Yajeel is approaching the problem of search from a different perspective.
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