Appropriate software

Systems software and operating system

In order for ICT hardware to do a useful job it needs two types of software.
Applications software
Systems software

What is application software?

Application software, also known as an application or an app, is computer software designed to help the user to perform a particular tasks, and is a software program that runs on the computer. Web-browser, E-mail programs, games are all application.
In most cases application software reside on the computer's hard disk but it can also be stored on CDs DVDs and flash.

What is system software?

System software refers to the file and programs that make up your computers operating system.
Systems software functions as a bridge between computer system hardware and the application software.
Systems software consists of three kinds of programs. The System Management Programs, System Support Programs and System Development Systems.
  1. System Management Programs: These are programs that manage the application software, computer hardware, and data resources of the computer system.
  2. System Support Programs: There are the programs that help the operations and management of a computer system.
  3. System Development Programs: There are the programs that help users develop information system programs and prepare user programs for computer processing.

Operating system

What is operating system?
Operating system is a program that acts as an intermediary between a user of a computer and the computer hardware.
What do we need operating system for?
Operating system provides a stable and consistent way to deal with hardware without having to know all the details of the hardware.
It manage the hardware and software resources.

Here is a link to a mind map that can help to understand more about systems software and applications software