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Software Release Life Cycle
A SOFTWARE RELEASE LIFE CYCLE is the sum of the stages of development and maturity for a piece of computer software : ranging from its initial development to its eventual release, and including updated versions of the released version to help improve software or fix software bugs still present in the software. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Stages of development * 2.1 Pre-alpha * 2.2 Alpha * 2.3 Beta * 2.3.1 Open and closed beta * 2.4 Release candidate * 3 Release * 3.1 Release to manufacturing (RTM) * 3.2 General availability (GA) * 3.3 Release to web (RTW) * 4 Support * 4.1 End-of-life * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Bibliography HISTORYUsage of the "alpha/beta" test terminology originated at IBM
IBM
. As long ago as the 1950s (and probably earlier), IBM
IBM
used similar terminology for their hardware development. "A" test was the verification of a new product before public announcement
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Stephen Manes
STEPHEN MANES (born January 8, 1949) is the author of the 2011 nonfiction book Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet. Its subject, the workings of a ballet company , marked a significant departure for an author best known for his journalism on technology and his books for children. Manes wrote the "Digital Tools" column that appeared in every issue of Forbes
Forbes
from August 1998 until February 2007, when he announced a six-month "break" after his review of Windows Vista
Windows Vista
. He did not return. From April 1995 to December 2008, he also wrote the "Full Disclosure" column anchoring the back page of PC World
PC World
. Manes was also co-host and co-executive editor of the public television series "PC World\'s Digital Duo ," a program he helped create
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Apple Inc.
Coordinates : 37°19′55″N 122°01′52″W / 37.33182°N 122.03118°W / 37.33182; -122.03118 Apple Inc.
Apple Inc.
The Apple Campus in Cupertino, California FORMERLY CALLED * Apple Computer Company (1976–1977) * Apple Computer, Inc. (1977–2007) TYPE Public


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Minecraft
MINECRAFT is a sandbox video game created and designed by Swedish game designer Markus "Notch" Persson , and later fully developed and published by Mojang . The creative and building aspects of Minecraft enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. Multiple gameplay modes are available, including a survival mode where the player must acquire resources to build the world and maintain health, a creative mode where players have unlimited resources to build with and the ability to fly, an adventure mode where players can play custom maps created by other players, and a spectator mode where players can fly around and clip through blocks, but cannot place or destroy any. The PC version of the game is noted for its modding scene , where a dedicated community creates new gameplay mechanics, items, and assets for the game
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Halo
HALO generally refers to: * Halo (religious iconography)
Halo (religious iconography)
, a glow or ring of light around a head or person in art * Halo (series) , video game franchiseHALO or HALO may also refer to: CONTENTS * 1 Acronyms * 2 Business and organizations * 3 Science and medicine * 4 Media and entertainment * 4.1 Art * 4.2 Characters * 4.3 Films * 4.4 Games * 4.5 Music * 4
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IBM PC
The IBM
IBM
PERSONAL COMPUTER, commonly known as the IBM
IBM
PC, is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform . It is IBM
IBM
model number 5150, and was introduced on August 12, 1981. It was created by a team of engineers and designers under the direction of Don Estridge of the IBM
IBM
Entry Systems Division in Boca Raton, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
. The generic term personal computer was in use before 1981, applied as early as 1972 to the Xerox PARC 's Alto , but because of the success of the IBM
IBM
Personal Computer, the term "PC" came to mean more specifically a desktop microcomputer compatible with IBM's Personal Computer branded products
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Windows Insider Program
WINDOWS INSIDER is an open software testing program by Microsoft
Microsoft
that allows users who own a valid license of Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 to sign up for pre-release builds of the operating system previously only accessible to developers . It was announced on September 30, 2014 along with Windows 10. By September 2015, over 7 million people took part in the Windows Insider Program. On February 12, 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
started to test out previews of Windows 10 Mobile . Microsoft
Microsoft
announced that the Windows Insider program would continue beyond the official release of Windows 10 for future updates. Dona Sarkar is the head of the Windows Insider program
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G Suite
G SUITE (formerly GOOGLE APPS FOR WORK and GOOGLE APPS FOR YOUR DOMAIN) is a brand of cloud computing , productivity and collaboration tools, software and products developed by Google
Google
, launched on August 28, 2006. G Suite
G Suite
comprises Gmail
Gmail
, Hangouts , Calendar , and Google+ for communication; Drive for storage; Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms , and Sites for collaboration; and, depending on the plan, an Admin panel and Vault for managing users and the services. It also includes the digital interactive whiteboard Jamboard
Jamboard
. While these services are free to use for consumers, G Suite
G Suite
adds enterprise features such as custom email addresses at a domain (@yourcompany.com), option for unlimited cloud storage (depending on plan and number of members), additional administrative tools, and advanced settings, as well as 24/7 phone and email support
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Mojang
MOJANG AB (Swedish: "gadget") is a Swedish video game developer and publisher founded in May 2009 under the name MOJANG SPECIFICATIONS by game programmer Markus Persson , best known for creating the popular independent game Minecraft
Minecraft
, a sandbox game. Mojang's company headquarters is located in Stockholm
Stockholm
, Sweden
Sweden
. In September 2014, Microsoft
Microsoft
acquired Mojang
Mojang
at a valuation of 2.5 billion USD . from the former owner Markus Persson . CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Independent era (2009–2014) * 1.2 Microsoft
Microsoft
subsidiary (2014–present) * 2 Games * 2.1 Smaller projects * 2.2 Unreleased games * 3 Block by Block project * 4 Lawsuits * 4.1 ZeniMax Media v. Mojang
Mojang
AB * 4.2 Uniloc USA v
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Microsoft
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (/ˈmaɪkrəˌsɒft/ , abbreviated as MS) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington . It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software , consumer electronics , personal computers , and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft
Microsoft
Windows line of operating systems , the Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office
suite , and the Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer
and Edge web browsers . Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox
Xbox
video game consoles and the Microsoft
Microsoft
Surface tablet lineup. As of 2016, it is the world\'s largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world\'s most valuable companies
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Xbox One
XBOX ONE is a line of eighth generation home video game consoles developed by Microsoft
Microsoft
. Announced in May 2013, it is the successor to Xbox
Xbox
360 and the third console in the Xbox
Xbox
family . It was first released in North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and Brazil
Brazil
in November 2013, and in Japan, China, and other European countries in September 2014. It is the first Xbox
Xbox
game console to be released in China, specifically in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone
Shanghai Free-Trade Zone
. Microsoft marketed the device as an "all-in-one entertainment system". The Xbox One line mainly competes against consoles such as Sony
Sony
's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo
Nintendo
's Wii U
Wii U
and Switch
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Halo 5
HALO 5: GUARDIANS is a first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries
343 Industries
and published by Microsoft Studios
Microsoft Studios
for the Xbox
Xbox
One home video game console . The tenth installment and fifth main entry in the Halo series , it was released worldwide on October 27, 2015. The game's plot follows two fireteams of human supersoldiers : Blue Team, led by Master Chief , and Fireteam Osiris, led by Spartan Locke . When the former goes absent without leave to track down the artificial intelligence construct Cortana , Master Chief's loyalty is called into question, and Fireteam Osiris is sent to retrieve him. 343 Industries
343 Industries
started to plan concepts and objectives for Halo 5 shortly after the release of its predecessor, Halo 4
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64-bit Computing
In computer architecture , 64-BIT COMPUTING is the use of processors that have datapath widths, integer size, and memory address widths of 64 bits (eight octets ). Also, 6 4-bit computer architectures for central processing units (CPUs) and arithmetic logic units (ALUs) are those that are based on processor registers , address buses , or data buses of that size. From the software perspective, 6 4-bit computing means the use of code with 6 4-bit virtual memory addresses. However, not all 6 4-bit instruction sets support full 6 4-bit virtual memory addresses; x86-64 and ARMv8
ARMv8
, for example, support only 48 bits of virtual address, with the remaining 16 bits of the virtual address required to be all 0's or all 1's, and several 6 4-bit instruction sets support fewer than 64 bits of physical memory address
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Antivirus Software
ANTIVIRUS or ANTI-VIRUS software (often abbreviated as AV), sometimes known as ANTI-MALWARE software, is computer software used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software . Antivirus software
Antivirus software
was originally developed to detect and remove computer viruses , hence the name. However, with the proliferation of other kinds of malware , antivirus software started to provide protection from other computer threats. In particular, modern antivirus software can protect from: malicious browser helper objects (BHOs), browser hijackers , ransomware , keyloggers , backdoors , rootkits , trojan horses , worms , malicious LSPs , dialers , fraudtools , adware and spyware
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Massively Multiplayer Online Game
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