Meaning of BETA SOFTWARE in English

BETA SOFTWARE

Before a commercial software program is released to the public, it almost always goes through a beta phase. During this stage, the software is tested for errors, inconsistencies, and any other problems. Though beta versions of software used to be made available only to developers, they are now often available to the general public, usually through the software company's web site. However, because beta software is free, the programs usually expire after a period of time. If you choose to test some beta software, don't be surprised if it has multiple problems and causes your computer to repeatedly crash. After all, it is the beta version. You can tell if a program is still in beta by checking the program's properties. If there is a "b" in the version number (i.e. Version: 1.2 b3) that means it's a beta version.

English glossary of computer and Internet terms.      Английский глоссарий компьютерных и Интернет терминов.