What Is Shareware, and Why Was It So Popular in the 1990s?

What Is Shareware, and Why Was It So Popular in the 1990s? It’s a crazy idea: Give your software away for free and hope that people like it enough to send you money. That was the idea behind shareware, a popular commercial software model in the 1980s and 1990s. Here’s what made it unique and successful at the time.

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