What is vaporware?
"Vaporware is a practice that is deceitful on its face and everybody
in the business community knows it."
-Judge Sporkin in The Wall
Street Journal March 16, 1995.
"Let's get real here--this is a very common practice,"
-Gordon Eubanks, chief executive officer at software maker
Corp in The Wall Street Journal
March 16, 1995.
consequences: An analysis of vaporware and new product announcements
Barry Bayus, Sanjay Jain, and Ambar Rao, Social Science Research Network
Microsoft's past delays
Microsoft in court
Memorandum of The
United States of America in response to the Court's inquiries concerning
"vaporware" The memorandum submitted by Anne K. Bingaman, the Assistant
Attorney General , which denies the court the ability to prsecute Microsoft
on issues concerning vaporware because it was not included in the original
complaint brought against Microsoft in the antitrust suit. The memorandum
solely discusses the legality of vaporware wit hout any specific references
to Microsoft. Department of Justice January 27, 1995
debates U.S. vaporware probe Judge Sporkin's analysis or Microsoft's
business practi ces reopen the vaporware issue and its use by software
companies as a possible tool to freeze the market and "fake out" competitors.
A proposed standard is also suggested. Computerworld Feb. 13, 1995
vaporware Great article that brings up many, many good questions, and
also in cludes some colorfully frustrating dialog between Judge Sporkin
and Anne Bingaman, the chief antitrust prosecutor, as well as Mr. Urowsky,
Microsoft's counsel. IEEE Micro April 1995
Other destructive consequences of vaporware
tactics elicit mixed views Some good statistics on what IT professionals
and desktop users think of vaporware's harm to competition, Alleged vaporware
practices by Microsoft, and the level at which the government should be
involved in regulating software announcements.