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Shareware is software that is provided to users for free but is constrained by some functionalities that require a fee to access.

There are six types of shareware namely; adware, demoware, nagware, crippleware, donationware and freemium.

1. Adware: This stands for advertising-support software.

Adware displays advertisements on the app to generate income for the developer whenever the user clicks on it or watches it.

Ads are either shown on launching the application or while the software is being used in adware

The advertisement could appear as a pop-up or a banner.

Adware has the drawback of disclosing your personal information to an advertising business so that you can receive personalized ads based on your interests

Also, it can be intrusive and disruptive to users' experience.

Examples of adware are fireball and Adblock plus.

2. Trialware: Trialware is software that users can use for only a limited period.

The user is required to purchase the software or sign up for the premium version to keep using it after the trial period.

A trialware may also be defined as software which can be used for a limited time, after which it stops working or has limited functionality unless the user buys the software.

Trialware allows users to test the software before purchasing the main software.

A user can choose not to purchase the premium edition of the software if they do not find it useful during the trial time

Trialware includes programs like WinRAR and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7.

Demoware is another name for trialware.

3. Nagware: This is software that constantly reminds users to purchase a license.

Nagware frequently displays a message requesting the user to register it.

Users typically see the alert messages either when they first open the program or while using it.

Nagware gets its name from the fact that it usually sends messages to users requiring them to perform a task, such as registering the software or upgrading to a premium version.

Examples of nagware are Spotify and AVG.

Because they are well known for annoying users, nagware is often referred to as annoyware or guiltware.

4. Crippleware: Any software that is so severely restricted in functionality that a user must pay for it to enjoy it is considered crippleware.

It can also be defined as a cut-down version of software whose functionalities are severely limited.

True to its name, the free version of crippleware severely restricts the user's ability to use them, leaving him with no alternative but to purchase the premium version if they want to enjoy it at all.

For instance, crippleware may restrict users from printing or saving their edited documents, making it very difficult to use the software without purchasing the commercial version.

Therefore, although users can use crippleware, they might not be able to test the core functionalities of the software unless they obtain a registration key or purchase a premium version.

Developers of crippleware usually limit the software functionality for the free version to encourage users to pay for a paid version.

5. Donationware: Just as its name implies, donationware allows users to use the full functionality of the software while requesting an optional donation to the software creators or other third-party organizations.

The developers may set the donation amount or users may choose it at their discretion.

Donations from donationware are often used to fund development costs or to keep the program updated or improved.

Donations via donationware are often used to pay for development expenses, maintain program updates, or make software improvements.

In most cases, the users of donationware can still use the software unrestricted without donating to the developers.

However, some developers of donationware may restrict users from using the full functionality of the software without donating to the creators or a non-profit organization

In some cases, users who have not donated may occasionally see alert messages when they open the software encouraging them to donate.

Examples are VLC and Cyberduck.

6. Freemium: This software provides the basic version of the software for free to users.

However, users have the option of accessing advanced features of the software by subscribing to the premium version.

The term freemium is a combination of two words free and premium.

Freemium is free in the sense that it allows users to use a basic and essential version of the software for free.

The premium edition of freemium also offers some advanced or exclusive features that are not accessible to free users.

Most developers are now moving to the freemium model because it allows customers to use software for free while still allowing developers to make money from their software through the premium version.

Indeed, most mobile applications allow you to download them for free, but they also offer in-app purchases that allow you to unlock premium and advanced features

Among the well-known freemium software are WPS office, Academia, and YouTube.

Youtube has a premium version that allows you to use the app in the background.

That will be all for now. To recap, As a reminder, there are six different categories of shareware, namely; adware, trialware, nagware, crippleware, donationware, and freemium.

A trialware is a shareware that can be used for a limited period known as a trial period. After the trial period, the user is required to pay for continued use of the software.

Adware is shareware that displays advertisements to earn money for the developer.

A nagware is shareware that constantly displays alert messages urging users to register the program.

A crippleware is shareware whose functionality is significantly limited in the free version, forcing users to pay to use it to its full potential.

Donationware is exactly what it sounds like. A donationware is software distributed freely to users who can use the software free of charge. However, donationware usually has an option to donate to the developer or other third parties.

Freemium is any software that offers a free version with basic capability functionalities and a premium version with advanced functionalities.

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