Geek Heaven: How to Get Pre-Release Software for Everything

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The companies which develop operating systems and applications don't stand still for a minute. Every day, teams at Microsoft, Google, Apple are working on major updates to Windows, Chrome, macOS, iOS and Android. At Mozilla, new iterations of Firefox are compiled nearly every single day. This fresh code often includes helpful new features, but publishers don't rush new versions out the door because they're afraid of shipping something out that could have bugs.

However, if you like to be among the first to try new tech, you can  join free beta test programs that get you new versions of your favorite programs before they are released into production. If you keep your important data files backed up and you're willing to deal with the small risk of crashes and bugs, running pre-release software is a great way to stay  ahead of the curve and take advantage of new capabilities that other folks won't get for months. For example, Chrome beta users got access to tab silencing and FLAC-file support long before everyone else.

Here's a list of the best pre-release software programs you can join.

Author Bio
Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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