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What is software


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Information about software and its categories. Mostly software can categorized according to many factors. Fore More info:

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What is software

  1. 1. What is Software? Software is a general term for the various kinds of programs used to operate computers and related devices. (The term hardware describes the physical aspects of computers and related devices.)
  2. 2. Software Software can be thought of as the variable part of a computer and hardware the invariable part.
  3. 3. Software Categories Software is often divided into operating systems and any program that supports application software). application software (programs that do work users are directly interested in) and system software (which includes
  4. 4. Middleware The term middleware is sometimes used to describe programming that mediates between application and system software or between two different kinds of application software (for example, sending a remote work request from an application in a computer that has one kind of operating system to an application in a computer with a different operating system). Software and Social
  5. 5. Software Utility • An additional and difficult-to-classify category of software is the utility, which is a small useful program with limited capability. Some utilities come with operating systems. Like applications, utilities tend to be separately installable and capable of being used independently from the rest of the operating system. • Software and Social
  6. 6. Applets Applets are small applications that sometimes come with the operating system as "accessories." They can also be created independently using the Java or other programming languages. Software and Social
  7. 7. Software Software can be purchased or acquired as shareware (usually intended for sale after a trial period), liteware (shareware with some capabilities disabled), freeware (free software but with copyright restrictions), public domain software (free with no restrictions), and open source (software where the source code is furnished and users agree not to limit the distribution of improvements). Software and Social
  8. 8. Software Software is often packaged on CD-ROMs and diskettes. Today, much purchased software, shareware, and freeware is downloaded over the Internet. A new trend is software that is made available for use at another site known as an application service provider. Software and Social
  9. 9. include: • Some general kinds of application software • Productivity software, which includes word processors, spreadsheets, and tools for use by most computer users. • Presentation software
  10. 10. Graphics software for graphic designers • CAD/CAM software
  11. 11. Specialized Scientific Applications • Vertical market OR • industry-specific software (for example, for banking, insurance, retail, and manufacturing environments
  12. 12. Firmware OR Microcode. • is programming that is loaded into a special area on a microprocessor or read-only memory on a one-time or infrequent basis so that thereafter it seems to be part of the hardware