A sarcastic term that refers to software that is promised by publishers but is never released or is delayed by bugs or maintenance.
Software or hardware that is promised or talked about but is not yet completed--and may never be released.
Vaporware is a product that the vendor keeps promising is about to arrive any moment (real soon now) - but it goes so long past its shipment date that no one believes it will ever really ship.
Hardware or software that was never released and is now gone or perhaps never even existed. Not to be confused with a prototype (which is an existing object), vaporware is non-existent. That's not to say the vaporware doesn't exist somewhere in unreleased form, it's just that no one has yet gotten their hands on it.
A term from the computer industry used to describe claims made by a company about a product that was never delivered. It sounded great in concept, but for whatever reason was impractical in the end. In other words, don't believe it until you actually see the product available for consumers to purchase.
A term used to describe software that was promised but never delivered, or software that someone thinks is bogus or never going to be delivered.
Programs or program features announced by a vendor that never materialize.
Refers to either hardware or software that exist only in the minds of the people who are trying to sell them to you.
Derogatory term for software which is announced but fails to materialise.
software or hardware that is currently unavailable but is announced publicly to influence customers against buying a competitors' product, or software that is late for delivery
Software and hardware that is announced and advertised but is not yet available, and, typically, never is.
fictitious soft and hardware, imagined by visionary cyber-technicians and sold by the media and info-hustlers as real. A merchandising device used by Microsoft to scare competitors away from certain projects.
n. Products announced far in advance of any release.
a slang expression that refers to software that is announced, and promoted but never makes it to market.
A term used to describe a piece of software that doesn't exist, is suspected not to exist, or is incapable of performing as promised. It is not uncommon for a software corporation to make fantastic promises as to the functionality of an upcoming software release that ultimately prove to be undeliverable. In the software industry, there is often something of a yin/yang relationship between marketing efforts and technical capabilities. They can't exist without each other, but that doesn't stop them from trying from time to time.
refers to the practice by which a company announces/markets a product far in advance of the actual release date for that product. While in most cases vaporware suggests tardiness on behalf of a company, it can also be used as a marketing tactic to arouse enthusiasm for a product and command market share.
Software or hardware that is talked about, but may never actually appear.
description of software/features that is/are not currently available but may never be available.
New Software that is announced long before it is ready to be shipped.
Software that has been announced but doesn't exist yet.
The marketing practice of announcing the imminent release of a product that does not actually exist and may not ever exist. Usually this is done to frighten prospective competitors from entering into a particular market niche. Particularly popular with companies that dominate a market.
A term used to describe software or hardware that has been announced or advertised by suppliers, but is not available, or doesnâ€(tm)t work. Most computer products spend 2 to 6 months in this state. Some a year or more, and some never get out of it.
Software that has been announced a long time ago but has not yet been shipped.
software that does not exist and never will. See SF.
Software that is announced long before it is ready for sale, and that sometimes never materializes.
A semi-affectionate slang term for software which has been announced and perhaps even demonstrated, but not delivered to commercial customers.
Refers to either hardware or software that exist only in the minds of the marketing department and never was offered for sale.
A sarcastic term applied to a product that has been announced but has missed its release its release date, often by a large margin, and so is not actually available. ... more
"software" advertised, and sometimes sold, that does not yet exist in a releasable for.
n. Software that has been announced but not released to customers. The term implies sarcastically that the product exists only in the minds of the marketing staff. Compare freeware, shareware.
Vaporware is software or hardware which is announced by a developer well in advance of release, but which then fails to emerge, either with or without a protracted development cycle. The term implies unwarranted optimism, or sometimes even deception; that is, it may imply that the announcer knows that product development is in too early a stage to support responsible statements about its completion date, feature set, or even feasibility.