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Promises of great stuff coming have the same consistancy as vapor, and it isn't a product until you can get your hands on it. There have been a number of VaporWare
projects over the years. One of the more notorious has been the XanaduProject
, which would have done HyperMedia
right, although things such as TheHurd?
have been labeled that.
MicroSoft has been accused of keeping competition off various technologies by saying "We have that in the works" and allowing the other companies to run in fear from direct competition with BillGates?. (e.g. Money was originally vapor, announced long before it was realistic competition for Quicken, but it still cut into Quicken sales because it had the MS name)
The same goes for whatever new memory/disk/processor technology someone is announcing. ArtificialIntelligence is another fertile ground for VaporWare.