vaporware

See also: vapourware

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vaporware ‎(uncountable)

  1. (computing) An advertised product, often computer software, whose launch has not happened yet and might not ever happen.
    • 1983, Recording Engineer/producer, volume 14, number 3, page 18:
      Our hard-and-fast rule was that if we couldn't see it, it still resided in that special zone called "Vaporware."
    • 2015, Randall G. Chapman, BRANDS: a marketing game:
      Vaporware appeals widely to industrial and consumer buyers.
    • 2015, Richard Severson, Ethical Principles for the Information Age[1]:
      Some would say that Microsoft engaged in a subtle form of vaporware by preannouncing its product before it was actually ready to be delivered, then, at the last minute, announcing a short delay.

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