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beta

Usually a 'pre-release' version of a software programme; i.e. a version more complete and bug free than an 'alpha' release, but not yet ready to be published. There are those who suggest that (at least in the past) because Windows releases have been 'buggy and prone to failure, that Microsoft had released beta versions an not the 'real thing'.