Select and use appropriate software

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Applications Software and Systems Software

Applications Software

This software allows the computer to be applied to a particular problem. Applications software is software used for a particular purpose or application such as word-processing, games and creating websites. Other examples of applications software include:

  1. Media players
  2. Graphics software
  3. Office suites

Systems Software

The purpose of systems software is to manage and control the hardware and therefore, the applications software listed above will be able to do the correct job. Systems software is also a set of programs that instruct the hardware. Examples of systems software include:

  1. Operating System
  2. Graphical User Inteface
  3. File Management
  4. Utilities

Operating Systems

Operating Systems

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Utilities and File Management


A utility is a progam that performs a very specific task and a series of utilities comes as a part of the systems software. Utilities are not regarded as applications because they are fairly simple and will only perform one specific task, which is always related in some way to managing the computer's resources. Common examples of utilities include:

  1. File converters
  2. Virus Scanners
  3. Security and Accounting

File Management Software

File management software is provided as part of the systems software. Typically, file mangement software would perform the following:

  1. File/Folder Organisation
  2. Backup copy creation
  3. File compression
  4. Defragmentation
  5. File Recovery
  6. Un-installers

Word-Processing and spreadsheets

Word-processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software.

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Web Browsers

Web Browsers

Web browsers are most commonly used as a homepage for computers when they connect to the internet. It is a piece of software that is used to access the internet from anywhere and the most common example is Microsoft Internet Explorer. Web Browsers have lots of features that allow certain things to be done and most of them are there to benefit the user:

Favourites and Bookmarks-

This is useful because it allows the user to store any web addresses in order for quick access and so that it remembers the specific page. This can be particularly useful is large amounts of websites are visited each day.

Searching for Information-

Web browsers can also be used for searching for information with the most popular search engine being Google. It quickly searches for information and lists all web pages in order of relevance. This is the most common purpose for web browsers and the homepage is usually a search engine.

Communicating and Downloading-

Web browsers can commonly be used to communicate with other people via various pieces of software that can be downloaded through the web browser. It provides itself as a host for the user to visit web pages and download software that can then be used to communicate with others.