Desc. for "functionally incomplete" ?

Subject: Desc. for "functionally incomplete" ?
From: Rowena Hart <rhart -at- INTRINSYC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 14:46:18 -0700

Hi folks,

A question from one of our programmers:

How would you describe software that is in its v1.0 release and bug-
free, but "functionally incomplete"? As an example --

* The product will eventually support 40 features.

* The current release (v1.0) supports 25 of these features, bug-free.

* These initial 25 features provide basic functionality -- the product
performs the tasks that are required and nothing more.

* With each new release the product will evolve beyond basic
functionality, until it supports all 40 features.

Is there a term, possibly like "beta," that indicates that a product is
not buggy, it just doesn't support all possible features?


rhart -at- intrinsyc -dot- com

Rowena Hart
Technical Writer
Intrinsyc Software, Inc.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

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