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COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Computer software or simply software is any set of instructions that direct a computer to perform specific operations. Computer hardware and software require each other and neither can be realistically used without the other.

 

Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task, as opposed to the physical components of the system (hardware). This includes application software such as a word processor, which enables a user to perform a task, and system software such as operating system, which enable other software to run with other software.

 

Software is a general term for the various kinds of programs used to operate computers and related devices.

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TYPES OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE

There are two main types of software: (a) system software and (b) application software

  • System software: system software includes the programs that are dedicated to manage the computer itself, such as the operating system (or DOS)

 

  • Application software: application software, or simply applications, are often called productivity programs or end-user programs because they enable the user to complete tasks such as creating documents, spreadsheets, database etc.

EVALUATION

  1. What is computer software
  2. Mention the two types of computer software

 

See also

BASIC COMPUTER CONCEPT

APPLICATION SOFTWARE

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ART OF INFORMATION PROCESSING

COMPUTER HARDWARE

DATA AND INFORMATION

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