shelfware

a.k.a. coasterware

Slang for software that is so worthless it remains in the shrink-wrapped box on the shelf above your desk. In a practical sense, it refers to any kind of software program you buy at a big box store, off of a shelf (as opposed to downloading it).

It's counterpart, selfware, refers to a subscription-based software service.


NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon

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