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beta testing

The testing of a vendor’s product—a device, equipment, hardware or software—by applications-knowledgeable users who are familiar with the product’s uses or potential uses. BT is usually performed on-site under the same working conditions for which it was designed, in order to identify and resolve potential problems associated with its use. BT provides both a different perspective and a real-world example of the product’s performance under working conditions, as it will be put through various unanticipated uses and applications. BT has the advantage to an end-user of being at the forefront of a technology, and allows the user to add specific features in the marketed version of the product.

beta testing

The testing of a vendor's product–a device, equipment, hardware or software by applications-knowledgeable users, who are familiar with the product's use but not with its design. Cf Alpha testing.

be·ta test·ing

(bā'tă test'ing)
In health care, assessment of a product (e.g., software) in the manner it will, in fact, be used in clinical practice, so as to discover and remove any difficulties before such product is put onto the general market.
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