Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is not available as a free, legal download from any company. It is commercial software that must be purchased for legal use.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is available in editions for both personal and family use. Its publisher, Broderbund Software, also offers a special version tailored for children. The price varies between editions and by the number of licenses purchased.
The software is available for both Windows and Mac systems. Older versions of the software support many obsolete operating systems, including Commodore 64, Apple II, Palm OS and Atari. All versions of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing support the Qwerty keyboard layout; select versions also support the Dvorak keyboard layout.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing includes games, typing tests, video tutorials and self-guided learning. Users set their own typing goals and go through lessons at their own pace. The software provides additional guidance for correct posture, appropriately timed breaks and proper stretch techniques to help avoid repetitive stress injuries.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing has been continuously published since 1987. The character featured in the software, Mavis Beacon, is not a real person. She is intended to represent a professional typing instructor and her image is updated with new editions of the program.