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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:39 PM
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 10:01 PM
That it is a stand-alone program and does not require installation has great benefits when dealing with heavily infected computers.
I wish they would just make it a regular install/update program that you can keep going back to instead of always having to run a new one.
Posted 13 April 2010 - 10:19 PM
Well, there are betas and then there are betas. For example, Google betas are more like works in progress (where initial functionality is there, but they add features and enhancements), but other betas are strictly out there for user testing.
The latter present problems for the average user, since they may contain bugs or require some computer knowledge to get them to work properly.
I always carefully read the release notes to determine how "buggy" the beta is.
I would NEVER recommend a beta release for mission-critical processes or tasks(like an AV, for example). If I see a recommendation for a Beta, I always reply with a caution to our Members about relying on it or expecting it to work flawlessly.
The goal of a beta program is to collect information regarding the performance, quality, stability, and functionality of new products in order to iron out the bugs before they are released to the general public. If you choose to use a beta program, you use it at your own risk.
After an initial round of in-house testing, software publishers often release new programs to be tested by the public. These pre-release versions are called beta software, usually denoted by a "b" in the version number, e.g., Netscape Navigator 2.0b5. Since the publisher couldn't possibly test the software under all possible conditions, it is reasonable to expect that wider use of the software may uncover problems that were not discovered during in-house testing. The publisher expects to be notified when users find such problems so that the program can be fixed before its official release.
In general, you should expect to run into bugs whenever using any piece of beta software. These bugs may range in severity from minor features that don't work to problems that cause your computer to crash. You should decide whether the benefit of new features in a beta program outweighs the risk of program instability before choosing to use a piece of beta software. You should also be aware that UITS will not have thoroughly tested beta software, nor will the software be guaranteed by its maker, so you should not expect the same level of support as you would receive for an official release version of the program.
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