My Guide on Software - Define, Image, Video, Examples

What is a Software?

Software is a collection of instructions that enables a user to interact with the computer or have the computer perform specific tasks for them. Without software, the computer would be useless. For example, without your internet browser software you would be unable to browse the Internet or read this page and without a software operating system the browser would not be able to run on your computer.

System Software

System software have direct control and access to a computer hardware, and memory locations. They perform I/O operations on various memory locations, and control the hardware, to make the application software do a task. Operating systems, are the main examples for system software.

Examples: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, DOS, BIOS Software, HD Sector Boot Software, Device Driver Software i.e Graphics Driver etc, Linker Software and Assembler and Compiler Software.

Application Software

Application software run under system software, and are made to do a specific task i.e (Word Processing etc), which have indirect access to the hardware (i.e Behind System Software).

Examples: Web browser, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, presentation graphics software.

Opera (Web Browser), Microsoft Word (Word Processing), Microsoft Excel (Spreadsheet software), MySQL (Database Software), Microsoft Powerpoint (Presentation Software), iTunes (Music / Sound Software), VLC Media Player (Audio / Video Software ), World of Warcraft (Game Software). Adobe Photoshop (Graphics Software)

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