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point release

Contributor(s): Todd Morrison

A point release is a small or relatively minor software release that fixes or improves an existing software product.  

Whereas a major release may occur on a planned, often regular basis every year or two, point releases are typically released as needed. A point release typically does not include new features.  

The term was inspired by the way software releases are numbered. For example, a 4.0 release would be followed by version 4.1, which would be followed by version 4.2.  The number after the decimal point refers to the incremental change that has occurred.  

This was last updated in September 2013

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