Shelfware is slang for software that a company buys because of a perceived need or demand but
never uses; hence, it sits on the shelf.
A company might end up with shelfware if they fail to consider whether the software is backwards
compatible and capable of working with legacy
applications. If a company purchases software they find they cannot use, some vendors
will accept returns or exchanges.
See also: COTS, MOTS,
GOTS and NOTS, vaporware, scareware
Contributor(s): Todd Morrison
This was last updated in October 2011
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