Out of the box (feature)
An out of the box feature or functionality (also called OOTB or off the shelf), particularly in software, is a feature or functionality of a product that works immediately after installation without any configuration or modification. It also means that it is available for all users by default, and are not required to pay additionally to use those features, or needs to be configured.
Usage of the term
If connecting to the internet through WiFi immediately after installing the operating system requires no driver installation or configuring, the WiFi may be said to "work out of the box". This is an important distinction, since some WiFi adapters do not necessarily function properly without some user participation in installation or setup. The ready-made or standard functionality that comes with any sophisticated software is crucial for marketing their product or offering.
- "What is out of the box? - Definition from WhatIs.com". Searchcio.techtarget.com. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
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