Careware

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What Does Careware Mean?

Careware is a software application that is distributed in an effort to help a charity, charitable cause or other philanthropic act. Careware generates funds for a charity using a software business or delivery model.

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Careware is also known as charityware, helpware or goodware.

Techopedia Explains Careware

Careware generally doesn’t generate a profit for the developer/vendor. This type of software is often distributed as freeware. In return, the end user is asked to donate some amount to a designated charity or cause. Another non-monetary form of careware asks end-user to refer/share the careware or the charity/cause with their peers over a social network or via email, thus creating publicity for a cause.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.