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Comment on "Paying for Beta Software"
by Scott Stevenson — Dec 26
but mainly a beta version is feature complete
That's the historical definition, but my feeling is terms like this are really more defined by what they mean today than what they meant when the term was originally coined. The implication of beta has changed a lot, and there's no putting the genie back in the bottle.

but it constitutes a commitment, even if he only sells one copy, he must finish the product. This is a lousy way to test the market with
I bought Cha-Ching for what it does today. I don't see it as a speculative investment because, frankly it's only fifteen dollars. I think the discount is more of a concession than anything.

If it's a choice between paying for a beta or having the product never see the light of day, I'll pay for the beta. It's a way to return balance to the landscape so we're not held hostage to the whims of just the top five or ten developers.
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