When is launch and when is beta? (I want to access the application and see how it functions/access some websites through it)

As title says, I want to see the application in action, when is there a public beta to see that? And do we have an idea of the launch day?

There will be three stages of testnets before beta release - Testnet1 is gearing up now. Expect a few months of testing and a beta launch by the end of the year.

Latest dev update here: Dev Update :safe: Week Beginning 7th July 2014 - Updates - Safe Network Forum

Roadmap here: Roadmap · maidsafe-archive/MaidSafe Wiki · GitHub

OK, it looks like testnet1 is up now isnt it? How do I access the client?

What I’m looking for is to be able to access the content in the maidsafe network. I imagine the first development is that there should be some major sites in there, I want to be able to browse and navigate those sites. Once I can do this, it will feel real to me, until I can do that, it’s hard to really make it concrete in my head.

This is a relatively simple testnet… no real users or data, no sites to access, no way for you to connect to it. That will be possible in a subsequent test network. Please follow the developer updates (search for “Dev Update”) if you want to keep up to date with what each testnet allows.