Definition of Shelfware

When a company pays for software but doesn't use it.

Example: The team has a lot of shelfware because priorities changed. The team isn't going to use the software they went through the procurement cycle for, and will have to find a different set of software for the new set of priorities.

Usage of "Shelfware" by Country

Business English is used in many different countries around the world. Some of the words and phrases listed on this site will be understood everywhere Business English is used, but some words and phrases are only used in specific countries. The map below shows where "Shelfware" is most commonly used.

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"Shelfware" is used in the workplace during meetings or emails.

The definition for "Shelfware" was last updated in 2023.

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Business English Quiz

Question: What does "Calendar Invite" mean?

   (A) When a person wants to meet with you next week.
   (B) An email sent to schedule a meeting with the option to either accept or decline the meeting at the scheduled time.
   (C) When a person has available time on their calendar to meet with you.
   (D) When a person does not have any time to meet with you.

Answer: Find out the right answer here.

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On this site, we also have templates on how to communicate effectively at work, such as requesting PTO, declining a promotion, and taking a sick day.

Word of the Day

Date: 07/12/2024

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.

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"Shelfware." Dictionary, Accessed 07/12/2024.