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alpha testing

The testing of a product with commercial potential by those knowledgeable about the product and closely associated with its design, but who are not part of the R&D staff of the developer.
In the alpha testing phase of product development, bugs, errors and glitches that might cause software or hardware “crashes” are identified and corrected; under alpha testing, the product is put through all its anticipated applications, and field product experts are brought in to provide a real-world dimension to the development process.
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The successful completion of alpha testing basically means that switched long distance and local voice services on our packet-based network are operational and they work.
Once alpha testing is successful, the development team will release a public beta test becoming the "lite" version as a free download and eventually be sold for $1.
Customers involved in the alpha testing indicated that IFS Aurora will deliver enhanced usability, moving IFS Applications closer to the intuitive design of applications found on the web.
The next phase of the alpha testing program will focus on using the SmartChip system to identify biomarkers of interest.
New Date for Anticipated VentriPoint Diagnostic System Launch, Alpha Testing Commencement Highlight Management Discussion and Analysis
Alpha testing of the products is in process and Beta testing is expected to begin within the next few weeks.
Recent Corporate Developments and Milestones: -- Initiation of alpha testing of WaferGen's SmartChip(TM) Real-Time PCR System and proprietary oncology gene panel assays by the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
This milestone will allow researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School to initiate the alpha testing program for the system and panels as part of the group's alpha testing and research collaboration with WaferGen.
Two selected Ember customers are involved in alpha testing the EM250, with another dozen customers to begin beta testing in December.
BULLETIN BOARD: IHGR) announced today that it has completed alpha testing its next generation, M2M managed service scheduled for commercial launch later this year.
The AutoXpress(TM) System, currently undergoing Alpha testing, is a semi-automated robotic device and companion sterile closed blood processing disposable, to harvest stem cells from cord blood.