Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Software that serves as an intermediary between systems software and an application.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. software that functions at an intermediate layer between applications and operating system or database management system, or between client and server
  • n. Networking software/hardware that is deployed in the middle of, as opposed to serviced by, a packet network to enhance or provide some network function, such as caching, filtering, or firewall functionality.

Etymologies

middle +‎ -ware (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course, as the name implies, Fusion middleware is part of the core techstack we are using to build our Fusion Applications.

    Ode to Fusion Middleware « TalentedApps

  • After all, Groove is in the category of "middleware" -- software that runs on top of Windows (or other platforms) and allows outsider developers to build on it.

    Ray's Back In The Groove

  • What this does illustrate, however, is that we need more "middleware" - standards for letting us export/import followers.

    The Steve Rubel Stream

  • There is "middleware" that enable wireless syncing, but who wants to buy something called middleware?

    Techmamas

  • Mr. Yamamoto said it is looking to buy technology service providers with a strong customer base or software companies who provide so-called middleware, a type of software that makes applications compatible with different computer platforms.

    Fujitsu Says Cash Flow to Fuel U.S. Acquisitions

  • Oracle succeeded yesterday in forging an $8.5 billion deal to acquire rival BEA Systems Inc., a maker of programs known as middleware that had resisted an unsolicited bid from Oracle in October.

    Will Silicon Valley Deals Kick Into Overdrive?

  • Oracle won a three month campaign yesterday to buy BEA Systems Inc., a company that makes so-called middleware that helps business computer systems interact with one another, by raising its bid by 14% to $8.5 billion.

    SAP, Business Objects say

  • IBM ( IBM ), coping with a stagnant computer industry and traditionally focused on large enterprises, makes the so-called middleware software that is used to connect different computers and applications.

    Can Netflix Patent Stymie Rivals?

  • FOLEY: It is a good question, and it's something Microsoft asked yesterday during their response to the remedy plan, because if you look at where Microsoft's going in the future, they're more tightly integrating more of these so-called middleware technologies into the operating system, especially with this forthcoming plan that they have that they're going to announce in a couple of months called Next Generation Windows Services.

    CNN Transcript - Saturday Morning News: Reporter's Notebook: Governemnt Recommends Breakup of Microsoft - April 29, 2000

  • IBM's sales of software meanwhile likely rose 7% in the quarter, Nguyen wrote, thanks to acquisitions of Sterling Commerce and Netezza, and to improving demand for so-called "middleware," designed to connect disparate systems.

    MarketWatch.com - Top Stories

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