Note: This is only here because of it’s “misuse.” Beta being used as an excuse for a product that will never fully work, one that will never be finished, or an excuse for not having to quickly fix bugs.
A beta version or beta release represents the first version of the software that has passed system testing and regression testing. These tests were performed in a test environment using hardware and data constructed for the purposes of testing. The beta build is now ready for a beta test, in which it is tested through a limited roll-out to a production environment using live data and real users. The beta test is closely monitored by the software testers.