Software - Term Overview

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The term software is an English word, which has been taken by other languages ​​such as Spanish to refer to certain applications in computing. This term refers to the computer software a computer, as opposed to the physical aspects of it.

The software is composed of a set of programs that are designed to fulfill a certain function within a system, whether they are made by users or by the same corporations dedicated to computing.

The concept of software, as we said before, makes up the logical part of a computer system, allowing it to function. This means then that not only programs are and form software, but user information and processed data make up the software, since all intangible and non-physical components are part of it.

Main types of software

  • System software. This group classifies the programs that give the user the ability to interact with the system, and then exercise control over the hardware. The system software is also provided as support for other programs. Examples: operating systems, servers, etcetera.
  • Programming software. Programs directly designed as tools that allow a programmer to develop computer programs. Different techniques used and specific programming language influence its use. Examples: compilers, multimedia editors, and so on.
  • Application software. Programs designed to carry out one or more specific tasks at the same time, and can be automatic or assisted. Examples: video games, office applications, and so on.

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