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The difference between freeware and shareware

The difference between freeware and shareware

  • The difference between freeware and shareware is in their distribution and licensing models. Here is a clear list of the main differences:
  • Freeware:

  • Free: Freeware software is available free of charge and can be freely used without any cost.
  • Distribution: Authors of freeware software often allow it to be distributed without restrictions, meaning you can share it with others.
  • License: Even though freeware software is free, it may have certain license terms that must be followed.
  • Shareware:

  • Trial version: Shareware software is often distributed as a trial version that allows the use of the software for a limited time or with limited features.
  • Payment for the full version: After the trial period, payment for the full version of the software may be required.
  • Distribution and sharing: Shareware software can be distributed and shared, but payment is required if the user wants to get the full version.
  • So the basic difference between freeware and shareware is that freeware is free and usually has no restrictions, while shareware is distributed as a trial version with the option of paying for the full version later.

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