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Definition: Software

Software is the term for all the programs and data that we use with a computer system. There are two types of software:


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Program Software can be divided into two types.

  1. Systems software is the name given to programs that deal with how the computer functions. System software programs are used to organise the computer, handle its devices, manage memory, etc.
  2. Application software is the name given to programs designed to carry out manual tasks such as word processing, database management, graphics editing, etc.


System software refers to the operating system and to all utility programs that manage the way the computer works or how it is used.



What you should be able to do!

  1. Explain the difference between Software and Data Files.

  2. Identify the two main types of Program Software.





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