The term freeware was coined in 1982 by Andrew Fluegelman. His idea was to distribute a program called PC-Talk free of charge. He created this communication application outside of commercial distribution channels. Andrew distributed the program via a process now termed shareware. Freeware has proven to be an incredible benefit to computer users since online services became popular in the late 1980s. After Andrew, many talented developers started using this platform for several reasons like:
To promote a brand or drive traffic to a company's website.
To generate revenue through advertisements or in-app purchases within the program.
To generate revenue by offering other programs during the installation process.
To provide a "lite" version of a program that may lead users to upgrade to the full-featured version.
There are several sites dedicated to freeware only. Most of the popular download sites, including Tucows, ZDNet, and SnapFiles, etc.