vaporware


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va·por·ware

 (vā′pər-wâr′)
n.
New software that has been announced or marketed but has not been produced.

va•por•ware

(ˈveɪ pərˌwɛər)

n.
a product, esp. computer software, that is announced and promoted while it is still in development and that may never come to market.
[1980–85]

vaporware

Software that has been promoted for a long period but never becomes available for use.
Translations
fumiciel
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I've spent the last several years watching assorted "smart gun" concepts turn into vaporware.
I continued, hoping there was a real answer that wasn't "because we bought Meridian, and then that turned into vaporware, so we rolled the license to Verde when Endeavor and Ex Libris merged.
But if big banks are capable of being sold this kind of vaporware, God knows what kinds of flaws are hiding in catastrophe risk investment vehicles being sold to investors.
The Prius is practical (midsize family car), affordable (just over $20K to start), economical (45 miles per gallon), reliable (Toyota), and unlike Chevy's vaporware Volt, available.
cummings, and it seemed like every new company founded since 1985 had to put capital letters at random points in its logo in order to attract startup cash or sell its vaporware.
Generally speaking, when the subject of organizational culture comes up in a military context, members dismiss it as soft, squishy vaporware, quickly dispatching it to that netherworld of undiscussibles.
But let's not waste time with overhyped vaporware that sucks attention from legitimate information projects that actually offer good content.
And vaporware is still as common as real software; beware the "feature in the next release" if it is a feature you need right now.
It contained a good deal of copy about what's right and what's vaporware about the new XYZ system and promised the next issue would have an extensive user report on the new product.
Too much vaporware in this business and too many interface engines.
The primary problem was the cumbersome laptop, and enterprise handheld computing was still vaporware at the time.
In computer-speak, vaporware is the derisive moniker for software packages that promise the moon but deliver something closer to a box of rocks.