So, this further highlights the usefulness of beta versions.
yes, that is why we have been given the opportunity to download any pre release versions at appveyor.
it is the quickest, simplest and most non intrusive method of a beta distribution, as we only have to download a new Notepad++.[architecture].Unicode Release.exe and place it into our current installation, or portable versions program folder, without the need of installing anything new.
once you have put this “beta” exe into your notepad++ folder, you can use it by double clicking on this Notepad++.[architecture].Unicode Release.exe.
best thing: after testing, you can still use your old notepad++, as this “beta” version has a different exe name, and (usually) does not modify your current installation (unless e.g. you play around with any settings). 👍