Free software licenses daily : Giveaway of the day

Sunday, June 07, 2009

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Giveaway Of the day(GAOTD) is perhaps the most useful website I have ever come across.If I was told about the working of this site before,I would never have thought that this was feasible.This is in fact a project,which is mutually beneficial for both the users and the software developers.There has been a long standing discussion whether one should pay for the software licenses or if they should be available for free.

Many software developers create their softwares and like to earn for their hard work.The users on the other hand are not willing to pay,for many reasons like too much costly/lack of satisfaction with the demo etc.

Thanks to Giveaway of the day,users are able to use full functionality of the 'paid' softwares for unlimited amount of time without paying a penny.It is not piracy,and is completely legal.The giveaway softwares are also virus/spyware/adware free.They also do not allow crippleware/demo/trial versions in their giveaway.



How does it work?

Every day,a paid software is given for the users to test,and they have 24 hours to download and install it.Once installed within the 24 hour period,the user is allowed to use the software for free with full functionalities for unlimited amount of time.

Terms and conditions:

There is no catch in this project,and there is no membership fee or whatsoever.You can think this project as something between a freeware and a paid software.

The giveaway software comes with three limitations/conditions:
  1. No free technical support
  2. No free upgrades to future versions
  3. Strictly personal usage
How does the software developer gets benefited?

Giveaway Of the day project team pays for the giveaway license,and makes it free for that particular day alone.The software developer also gets valuable feedback from the users.The software developer also has the option of providing discounts for his other softwares.Many users also have said that they had bought softwares after trying the giveaway software,for professional use.

Personal verdict:

I think this project is pretty cool,and you also get variety of different kinds of softwares,and many giveaways are also repeated.These softwares normally cost from 9.95 $ to even 400 $,and is definitely a very useful mutually beneficial project.

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