beta test


: a field test of the beta version of a product (such as software) especially by testers outside the company developing it that is conducted prior to commercial release
beta test transitive verb
beta tester noun

Examples of beta test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Philips Hue also implemented a beta test for upgrading its Zigbee lighting bridge, but the full rollout was fraught with issues, based on my testing. Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge, 4 Mar. 2024 Riot will be looking to do some limited beta tests later this year, giving people who can’t make it to the biggest FGC events a chance to try it before launch. Mike Stubbs, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 If the future of warfare is being beta tested on the ground in Ukraine, the results will have global ramifications. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 The new moderation system began a beta test starting Wednesday, covering North America initially and focusing on the existing games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2023 This in part is what Latimer’s public beta test should help establish, Narayan says, as more users will provide more responses to examine. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Jan. 2024 There will be a closed beta test on Android that kicks off this month in Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Jay Peters, The Verge, 22 Aug. 2023 The beta test is available to everyone and is free to play. Deb Amlen, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2023 And that's why Bing Chat is currently in a limited beta test, providing Microsoft and OpenAI with invaluable data on how to further tune and filter the model to reduce potential harms. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beta test was in 1983

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“Beta test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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