What is "shareware"?

Shareware is a method of distributing software that allows users to try the full version of a product for a period of time before they are required to pay for it.

Shareware publishers encourage users to copy their products and give them to their friends; asking that they pay only if they decide to keep the product past the evaluation period.

Most people realize that it is in their best interest to support a company that is offering quality software at a fraction of the price of commercial software, and thus send in their shareware registration fee.

Ultimately, you decide whether shareware authors will continue to distribute low cost, high quality software as shareware.