What is Shareware?
Shareware is a
marketing method, not a type of software or even strictly just a
When software is marketed through normal retail channels, you are
forced to pay for the product before you've even seen it. The
shareware marketing method lets you try a program before you buy
it. Since you've tried the program, you know whether it will meet
your needs before you pay for it. A shareware program is just like
a program you find in major stores, catalogs, and other places
where software is purchased; except you get to use it, on your own
computer, before paying for it.
Association of Shareware Professionals