Information Technology

Gartner Glossary

Shrink-wrapped

1.   A term used to refer to packaged software applications (from the shrink-wrapped packaging typical of such products).

2.   Term initially used to describe an unsigned software license agreement that is deemed accepted when the user breaks a shrink-wrapped seal or opens an enclosed sealed envelope in the package containing the software media, such as a floppy disk or CD. Use of the term has been expanded to refer to software license agreements that are accepted electronically. See click-wrapped.

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