What does it mean for a Dropbox product to be in "alpha" or "beta?"

At Dropbox, we are constantly creating and exploring new products. Some of these products are still in development but show a lot of promise, so we want to give you a chance to try them out. We use several different names to refer to these products, including "early access," "alpha," "beta," "preview," etc.

These products usually haven't been subjected to the same reliability, availability, and security testing as other Dropbox products. Also, the features they contain are still changing. If one of these products doesn't delight users to the extent that we expect it to, we may even stop offering it altogether. Because of this, we ask that you use care when deciding when and if you use one of these products.

Finally, these products are subject to some additional terms of service. If you have a Dropbox Business account, the following terms apply to your use of these products:

    Beta Services. Dropbox may provide features or products that we are still testing and evaluating. These product and features are identified as beta, preview, early access, or evaluation (or words or phrases with similar meanings) at no charge to you ("Beta Services"). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or in Schedule 1, the following terms apply to all Beta Services: (a) you may use or decline to use any Beta Services; (b) Beta Services may not be supported and may be changed at any time without notice to you; (c) Beta Services may not be as reliable or available as the Services; (d) Beta Services have not been subjected to the same security measures and auditing to which the Services have been subjected; and (e) DROPBOX WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH A BETA SERVICE—USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you are using an individual Dropbox account, the following additional terms apply to your use of these products:

    Beta Services: We sometimes release products and features that we are still testing and evaluating. Those Services have been marked beta, preview, early access, or evaluation (or with words or phrases with similar meanings) and may not be as reliable as Dropbox’s other services, so please keep that in mind when using these services.

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