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Software Classification

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Application Software

Application Software is where the term ‘App’ comes from. It is any piece of software that allows us to actually ‘use’ the computer. For example, it may be a word processor, web browser, spreadsheet software or even just a game. Application software relates to the user rather than the hardware.

Examples of application software include:

  • __Microsoft Office __(Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook etc.)
  • Web Browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox etc.)
  • Photo-editing tools (Adobe Photoshop etc.)
  • Video-editing tools (Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Adobe Premier, Final Cut etc.)
  • __Organisational Tools __(Calendar, Mail etc.)

Types of Software

Software is the reason computers are useful to us. They are the programs that allow us to do something useful with our computer.

The main types of software are:

  • Application Software
  • System Software (including Operating System and Utility Software)

Application software is computer software designed to help the user to perform specific tasks. Whereas system software is computer software designed to operate the computer hardware and to provide a platform for running application software.

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