shelfware

shelfware

[shelf-wair]
noun Informal.
1.
Computers. software or hardware that remains unsold, unused, or underused: shelfware as part of a bundled license deal.
2.
ideas or findings that are not used or acted upon: The results of your market research can quickly become shelfware.
Also, shelf ware.


Origin:
shelf + -ware; in the sense ‘sitting on a shelf’

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shelfware

/shelf'weir/ n. Software purchased on a whim (by an individual user) or in accordance with policy (by a corporation or government agency), but not actually required for any particular use. Therefore, it often ends up on some shelf.
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shelfware definition

jargon
/shelfweir/ Software which is never used and so ends up on the shelf. Shelfware may be purchased on a whim by an individual, or in accordance with corporate policy, but not actually required for any particular use. Alternatively, it may be software that has been developed (unlike vaporware), but is never released as a product -- a common occurrence at DEC.
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(1997-07-20)

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