Posted 09 May 2006 - 07:52 AM
Computer programs used to come in different stages. An Alpha release was one that was still being tested but wasn't ready to release to anyone. A Beta release was one that needed some "fine-tuning" before being released to the public.
Since that time these boundaries have become blurred. There's pre-Beta's, Consumer Technology Previews, etc. FWIW - if you want stability, stay away from Beta's.
But, if you're technologically inclined, a Beta can offer you a chance to use technology in it's earliest stages. I've been a beta tester for many years and have quite a few good stories to tell about the experience. But there's also a few horror stories to go with it!
The problem with Beta's (for the average user) is that they require a decent amount of research before installing them. Just slapping a Beta onto your system is asking for trouble - how will you know what's a bug and what isn't?
As for the IE7 Beta, I've tried it and didn't like it. And, it hosed my system so that I couldn't revert back to IE6 (my primary browser in Firefox). Luckily I maintain system backups for just such an emergency - so I was able to revert back to my latest backup without any loss of data. Finally, FYI, I uninstalled the IE7 Beta using Total Uninstall (rather than the built in uninstaller) and that may have had something to do with the inability to revert to IE6).
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