Before today, you had to be a developer to test out an early release of OS X. Now, a shift in policy permits anyone to try the latest beta of Apple’s desktop operating system, TechCrunch reports.

This is a major change for Apple, as it brings the OS X beta-testing process more in-line with the practices of Google and Microsoft. Apple wants average users, not just developers, to “help make OS X even better.”

More, from Apple:

Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and help make OS X even better. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback.

Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.

You can learn about the program here, but be cautious if you’re considering installing a beta release on your main computer. Unfinished software can generate unexpected results.

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