How does shareware and freeware differ?

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How does shareware and freeware differ from each other? How can I know if a software is a freeware or shareware? Thanks.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #102024

How does shareware and freeware differ?


SHAREWARE  is a software used by some developers to give their buyers an opportunity to use their programs and to see if it will be useful for them. Shareware is usually offered for free for a limited period of time and may have some features that are only available after purchasing the license, thus it is also referred to as trialware or demoware.

FREEWARE, on the other hand is distributed by developers for free for an unlimited time, without obliging the end user to purchase it's full version. It was defined by Free Software Foundation (FSF) as "freedom to use", which implies that the end user is free to run, study or modify and distribute the software with minimal restriction. Examples of freeware are Skype and Adobe Reader.

You may easily distinguish a shareware from freeware when downloading the. Shareware usually says "download trial version" while freeware does not say "trial version" on it

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Answered By 65 points N/A #102025

How does shareware and freeware differ?


Freeware programs are downloaded and used free. They may be copyrighted or licensed in some cases. Examples of Freeware programs are:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Antivirus Free Version

Shareware programs are paid in actuality but are made available for free for a limited period of time. The software developer of a shareware provides a trial version for a number of days after which they need these programs purchased for continued usage. Examples of Shareware programs are:

  • Windows Operating System
  • Anti-virus
  • Game Downloads
  • Microsoft Office

To understand the differences of Freeware and Shareware programs, you may check their comparison chart at

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