Do you fancy trying out new features of your favorite system or application before they hit the general public? Or maybe you want to help out in squashing program bugs and defects? How about being on the breaking edge of software technology?
If the answer is yes, then beta testing is for you!
Beta testers get the privilege of having early access to software builds for testing and evaluation purposes. This helps developers find bugs and polish new features before the final build of the software is released out to the public.
Here are a few public beta programs you can join now for free. They may even include applications that you know and love.
Note: Since beta programs are still in the testing phase, they are not completely stable. If you rely on a system or program regularly, it is advised that you stay away from their beta versions.
1. Windows 10
Microsoft has its Windows Insider Program for preview builds for Windows 10 on PCs and phones. This gives users an early test drive of Windows 10 features yet to be released. Currently, the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update is on the final stretch of its beta testing phase and the Insider Program user feedback is crucial in finalizing the final build.
To sign up for Microsoft's Windows Insider Program, users are required to have a Microsoft account. Click here for more information.