Download the "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 17 Deluxe" software by navigating to the appropriate CNet.com web page and click Download Now. Save the setup application, then click on the downloaded file to run the installation. The download comes with three free trial uses, as of November 2015. After this trial period, the full program must be purchased to continue using, retailing for approximately $40.
The CNet.com editor rates the software at five out of five stars in a synopsis. The review notes that the installation file is relatively large compared to other typing skills software, at 400 megabytes in size. Also, the installation is noted for being sluggish. The program, though, is lauded for effectively improving typing skills. Consumers from the website who have downloaded and used the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 17 Deluxe give the product 4.5 out of five stars. This rating is based on input from 159 users, as of November 2015.
Encore, the software’s publisher, first released the program on Sept. 30, 2005. The program is designed to monitor the user's progress, identify areas of improvement and provide challenges to continue expanding typing skills. The software has more than 221 practice exercises and over 100 customized lessons. Included in the software are 14 arcade style typing games.