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vaporware

[vey-per-wair] /ˈveɪ pərˌwɛər/
noun
1.
Computer Slang. a product, especially software, that is promoted or marketed while it is still in development and that may never be produced.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for vaporware
  • Cloud computing is no longer a cloud cuckoo-land full of vaporware.
  • They expect to have a version released for next summer, so we'll see then if this is vaporware or not.
  • But jeez, if you ask me, the whole banking system has always been vaporware to some degree.
  • Unproven reserves are vaporware until shown otherwise, and even with them, the picture is hardly rosy.
  • Our post-shuttle manned space program is still vaporware.
  • It has hardware help, it has software help and it might even have vaporware help.
  • Green subdivisions are the vaporware of the home-building industry.
Slang definitions & phrases for vaporware

vanilla wafer

noun phrase

A very conventional man; straight (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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vaporware in Technology
jargon
/vay'pr-weir/ (UK "vapourware") Products announced far in advance of any release (which may or may not actually take place). The term came from Atari users and was later applied by Infoworld to Microsoft's continuous lying about Microsoft Windows.
See also brochureware.
[Jargon File]
(2004-11-16)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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