American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Copyrighted software that is available free of charge on a trial basis, usually with the condition that users pay a fee for continued use and support.
- n. computing A type of software that is distributed without payment but is limited in any combination of functionality, availability, or convenience.
- n. software that is available free of charge; may be distributed for evaluation with a fee requested for additional features or a manual etc.
- From share + -ware; popularized by Bob Wallace (Wiktionary)
- share1 + (soft)ware. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus I may be missing a nuance that distinguishes shareware from commercial software, but it seems that networking and viral distribution have become so commonplace that shareware is no longer any significant distinction.”
“So, shareware is just software with a free or limited trial?”
“Experimenting with shareware is a much more pleasurable experience on a Mac.”
“He even submitted a screenshot of the program, which consisted of text pointing out that the program was an experiment to see if a useless program could win shareware awards.”
“Manatune is essentially a creative commons label, applying the notion of shareware to the music business and John Buckman, Magnatune founder, tells an interesting story about why he created the company.”
“I have never heard piracy rates for shareware aka: downloadable games, but rates are intuitively much higher than software that's too big for a download.”
“While we've seen the idea of 'shareware' on so many little bits of code for so long, the fact is that 2009 will be the year that Digital Goods will take off.”
“He offered his software as "shareware," meaning customers were able to download the software for free, without copy protection.”
“You software for the language is improved much that my kind of shareware - where is to be found.”
“An artist can even set up a kind of shareware distribution.”
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