Most computer users are familiar with trial software. These are software that can be tried before they are bought. Once the trial time runs out, the downloaded software can no longer be used and the full version must either be subscribed to or bought outright.
Trial software is actually what used to be known as shareware. The change in terms was necessitated by the confusion that a software can be shared to indefinite number of users which is not the intention. The real intention is to show users how a software can be advantageous for them so they will be convinced to buy the product.
Trial software is not to be confused with freeware which is a software that can be obtained for free. Freeware can be passed on to as many people to use. Although freeware comes with a clear advantage for being free of cost, there is the risk of it being discontinued once the developers decide to do so. This can be very disruptive to users so it is best to check with developers with regards to their intention in providing updates as well as technical support.
Using a trial software provides the advantage of being able to actually test a product before even being required to shell out payment for the product. What’s more, it can be done in several products thereby offering real comparison between choices. As more vendors come up with trial versions of products such as software, consumers are given more chances to try before buying.
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