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  • A trial of machinery, software or other products in the final stages of development, carried out by a party unconnected with the development process.
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    • Here are a few tips for running a beta test of a software product intended for large audiences - what I call ‘shrinkwrap’.
    • The claim was made as Apple made the latest beta test build available to software authors.
    • This could be a function of the beta test, if Google is using a limited number of servers to process mail.


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  • (beta-test) [with object] Subject (a product) to a beta test: the system was still being beta-tested for practical music applications
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    • At the Blues Traveler mixdown, Dearnley was beta-testing DMOD software to upload high-quality, encrypted mixes to the Internet.
    • With a $500 price tag and targeted towards the server market you wouldn't expect to be bug-hunting or rather beta-testing your new motherboard would you?
    • The company is beta-testing a new blogging tool called Yahoo!

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