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beta software

This is software that is nearly ready to be released to the general public, but which is still somewhat-to-very likely to have bugs, errots, problems and other assorted short-comings that have yet to be worked out.

Sometimes a company will make beta software available on their website. Fight the temptation. It may not be a good idea to try the newest thing, because beta software can cause unwanted surprises, such as causing your computer to repeatedly crash. Besides, even if you are "testing" it for them, the programs will usually expire after a period of time.

You can easily identify a beta program by checking the program's properties. If there is a "b" in the version number (such as Version: 1.1 b2), then you have a beta version.

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