Get Started Today!  (813) 749-0895    SEARCH SITE

IT Professional Services and Business Continuity

Symmetric Engineering Group Blogs

Tech Term: What are All These “-Wares?”

Tech Term: What are All These “-Wares?”

When you’re talking about something to do with a computer, you’re going to start hearing about some word that ends with “-ware.” You could probably list off a few yourself, but have you ever stopped to think about why they’re all described as “something-ware?” For this week’s Tech Term, we’ll take a peek at why we refer to things that way.

Why ‘Ware?’
It does seem like a strange part of the word, unless you look back to where we get it. According to Wiktionary, Software was first coined as a term in 1953, and was named based upon the fact that the term for the physical elements of the computer were already known as hardware. A quick peek into the online Merriam-Webster dictionary gives us a few definitions for the root of that word, ware.

The ones we’re concerned with are the first and the last definitions in the first entry: “manufactured articles, products of art or craft,” and “an intangible item (such as a service or ability) that is a marketable commodity.” We can combine these to give us a fair representation of what soft-’ware’ means: “manufactured articles to provide a service that is marketable.” After all, what is a computer program, if not an assortment of code meant to complete a specific task desired by a specific audience?

The word was first coined by Paul Niquette in 1953.

Different Software ‘Wares’
As you may imagine, there are plenty of varieties of ‘wares.’ offers a pretty impressive list of software types, with names derived from ‘-ware’, including the ones that you’ve already heard about, and some that are minutely specific. We’ll go over a few of these lesser-known varieties here:

Dreamware - This software type covers those that have not yet begun development and are still in the “what if there was a software that…” phase. Many of these projects never begin development, remaining something that some software developer once dreamt up.

Trialware - This variety of software is that which is only available to the user for a limited period of time, after which it is only available in a restricted form (if at all). This can be considered the free sample of software, offering just enough to make you want more.

Crapware - You know how a new computer often comes pre-installed with programs that you have no interest in, let alone the need for? This is what is known as crapware, as it takes up space without really offering anything to you. Another four-letter synonym for ‘crap’ can also be combined with “-ware” to make another, more forceful term for this variety.

Foistware - Malware can often come bundled with other, more legitimate software titles, to be installed without the user knowing. Of course, other programs can do this as well. Foistware is the term given to these software stowaways.

Fanware - Professionals aren’t the only ones capable of writing code, and even professionals will continue their coding in their off hours. Fanware describes the products that special-interest coders write to promote that interest.

Nagware - Another version of trialware, nagware describes a software title that will interrupt a user with persistent reminders to register it. Nagware will often disable the use of the program for short intervals during use, or display pop-up dialog boxes. In essence, this kind of trialware is designed to coerce a user into purchasing the full version through annoyance.

Garageware - This is a not-so-nice term for software that simply doesn’t perform as it should or has a lot of mistakes. The name is meant to suggest that the creators were total amateurs, developing this program literally in their garage.

Again, this is just a short list of the many different software varieties out there. What other ones have you heard of? Share them in the comments!

Protect Your Business This Year with a BDR
Your Technology May Fail, but You Can Still Succee...


Already Registered? Login Here
No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment


Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week IT Services IT Support Technology Best Practices Managed IT Services Business Computing Cloud Email Privacy Malware Hosted Solutions IT Infrastructure Management Hackers Business Continuity Internet IT Companies in Tampa Business Productivity Business Mobility IT Support Services Data Software Business IT Solutions Data Backup Outsourced IT Microsoft Network Security I.T. Management Computer Managed Service Provider IT Professional Services Productivity Mobile Devices Custom Business Solutions Tech Term IT Management Business Applications Data Recovery IT Business Solutions Ransomware Innovation Cloud Computing Technology Consultants Google Android Windows 10 Internet of Things Managed IT Service in Florida Managed IT Service Hardware Business IT Support Managed IT User Tips Small Business Managed Services in Florida I.T. Support Windows Disaster Recovery Browser Remote Monitoring Communication IT Support Dynamic Solutions Collaboration I.T. Services Backup IT Support Services in Tampa Upgrade Workplace Tips IT Risk Management Smartphones Data Management Encryption Holiday Business Management Smartphone IT Outsourcing in Tampa IT Services in Florida Efficiency Social Media Save Money Managed Services Artificial Intelligence Gmail IT Service Phishing Server Microsoft Office Network IT Support in Tampa Paperless Office Managed Services in Tampa Bay Vendor Management VoIP Mobile Device Management Passwords Managed IT Services Cybersecurity BYOD App Windows 10 IT Managed Services Mobile Device Office 365 BDR Tampa IT Support Bandwidth Applications Bring Your Own Device Customer Relationship Management Tech Companies in Tampa Employer-Employee Relationship Unified Threat Management Website IT Services in Tampa communications Antivirus Operating System Firewall Automation Information Document Management Small Business IT Solutions Facebook Content Filtering Managed Service in Tampa Risk Management Project Management Scam Computer Networking Vulnerability Apple IT Outsourcing in Florida Government Wi-Fi Chrome IT Service Management Data Computer Services IT Company Business Plan Word Two-factor Authentication IT Vendor Management Infrastructure Compliance Healthcare Tip of the week IT Outsourcing Business IT Support Services Managed Service Apps Help Desk Miscellaneous IT Management Services Settings Telephone Systems Big Data IT Company Data loss Robot Wireless Money Computer Hardware Repair Wireless Technology SaaS Tablet Retail The Internet of Things WiFi Customer Service Hosted Solution Saving Money Remote Computing Analytics Office Mobile Computing Maintenance Data Security Blockchain Data storage IT solutions Router Unified Communications Storage Regulations Quick Tips Licensing IT Consulting Net Neutrality Solid State Drive Managed IT Outsourcing IT Support Helpdesk LiFi Redundancy Recovery IT Companies in Florida Patch Management Business Continuity Services Presentation IoT Virtual Reality Politics How To Information Technology Access Control Microsoft Virtual Server Hosting in Tampa and Florida HIPAA Augmented Reality Employees Digital Payment Server Management Software as a Service VPN IT Management Service Alert IBM Internet Exlporer Company Culture Network Management Laptop Administration Printing Google Drive End of Support Network Congestion Computer Support Mobile Security Downtime Machine Learning Computer Network Services Mouse Virtual Private Network Training I.T. Company Assessment Business Application Computer Networking Services Smart Technology Social Virtual Desktop Flexibility Office Tips Business Technology YouTube Mobility Search Remote Monitoring and Management Management File Sharing Computing Virtualization Monitors Remote Workers Users Uninterrupted Power Supply Spam Outlook Budget User Error Files Network Support in Florida Permission Mobile Device Managment Shortcut Business Continuity Service Providers Break Fix Writing Connectivity Sports Computer Repair Hard Drive Features Technology Consulting Firms Current Events Heating/Cooling Printer Server Hosting in Florida Wearable Technology Information Technology Consulting Servers Legal Modem WannaCry Disaster Resistance Microsoft Business Solutions Computing Infrastructure Safety Marketing Geography IT Managed Service in Tampa Authorization Legislation Identity Cortana Fleet Tracking Tech Company in Tampa Procurement Meetings Hard Disk Drive Windows 8 Professional Service Programming PowerPoint Superfish Dark Data Fraud Mobile IT Company in Tampa Favorites Websites Time Management Drones Gadgets Application Education Test Software Tips Dark Web Social Engineering Cache Electronic Health Records Going Green Tampa IT Services IT Consulting Services Intranet Cost Management Cookies Careers Alt Codes Monitoring Top IT Outsourcing Company Proactive IT Alerts High-Speed Internet Help Desk Support in Tampa Comparison Health Care IT Services Knowledge Asset Tracking Security Cameras IT Managed Service Provider Tech Support Professional Services Consulting Services Managed Service in Florida Conferencing Identity Theft Fun MSP RMM G Suite IT Consulting Service Health Data Warehousing Buisness Recycling Cyberattacks Computer Care Firefox USB SharePoint IT Technicians Outsourced Computer Support Development Help Desk Support Zero-Day Threat Automobile Statistics Technology Tips IT Service in Tampa Nanotechnology Jobs Typing Star Wars Server Hosting in Tampa Consulting VoIP Password Data Breach Cooperation Hacking Specifications Computers Social Networking Business IT Solutions Experience Deep Learning OneNote Remote Worker Point of Sale Virtual Assistant Networking Service IT Hacker Managing Stress Instant Messaging Touchscreen Mirgation Proactive Tech Terms Cabling Microsoft Excel Trending eWaste Read Only Downloads Cables Backup and Disaster Recovery Google Maps Bluetooth Google Docs Undo Screen Reader Electronic Medical Records Halloween Utility Computing Managed Services Provider Digital Technology Laws Staff Co-managed IT Black Friday Display Motherboard Full Service IT Employee-Employer Relationship Samsung ROI Healthcare IT IT Solutions for Small Business Hotspot Enterprise Content Management IT Support Companies in Tampa Finance Save Time Multi-Factor Security Migration Managed it Services in Tampa Theft Travel Cryptocurrency Mail Merge Humor Domains CIO Chromebook Consultation History User Wires IT Vendor Management in Tampa Human Error Sync Business Growth Competition Distributed Denial of Service Smart Tech Data Technology Scary Stories Server Hosting E-Commerce IT Tech Support Spyware Hacks Best Practice Unified Threat Management Operations Backups Digital Signature Hard Drives Cyber Monday Identities Corporate Profile Techology Microsoft Affiliate Program Language Vulnerabilities IT Support and Solutions Authentication Private Cloud Google Calendar Chatbots WPA3 Managed Service Providers Financial Bitcoin Address Public Speaking Notes Lenovo Permissions Enterprise Resource Planning Managed Services in Floirda Bookmarks Google Wallet Disaster Avoiding Downtime Gadget CrashOverride IT Budget IT Consultant Refrigeration Personal Information Mobile Data Error How To Regulation Cleaning Public Cloud Cybercrime Crowdsourcing Twitter Webcam Upgrades Botnet Telephony Lithium-ion Battery Saving Time Running Cable Cameras I.T. Managament Processors Emergency 3D Printing Emoji Black Market Update Staffing Business Appplications Administrator Thank You Managed Servers Work/Life Balance CCTV 5G Web Server Wasting Time IP Address Relocation Printers GPS Congratulations Law Enforcement Taxes Virus Notifications Unsupported Software Mobile Office Supercomputer Physical Security Hiring/Firing Motion Sickness Tracking

Latest Blog Entry

Late in the summer this past year there were several articles written about how Google would continue to track the location of a person’s smartphone after they had chosen to turn their location settings off. A Princeton researcher corroborated those claims for the Associated...

Latest News

SEG Awarded Small Business of the Year Award!

Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

Read more ...

Account Login