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Updated on May 17, 2010

Computer Software

DEFINITION-Software is a set of programs, which is designed to perform a well defined function. A program is a sequence of instruction written to solve a particular problem.


1.System software
2.Application software

*System software-The system software is collection of programs designed to operate , control and extend the processing capabilities of the computer itself. System software are generally prepared by computer manufactures.


*It is Close to system.
*It is Fast in speed.
*It is Difficult to manipulate.
*It is Smaller in size.
*It is Difficult to design.
*It is Difficult to understand.
*It is Generally written in low level language.


1.System control program
2.System support program
3.System development programs

System control program-they control the execution of programs .exp-Operating system

Device drivers-Device drivers are system programs, which are responsible for proper functioning of device. Exp - device like printer, a user must load the device driver of that particular printer.

System support programs-They provide routine service function to other computer programs and users. Exp-utility programs.
Some utility programs are-Text editors,They are used to create and edit files. For exp-notepad is the text editor.

Backup utilities-These utility programs help us to backup of our important data.
By using these programs files are backed up to floppies, CD and DVD.

Data recovery software-Sometimes an illegal operation may result in an  accidental loss of data which was still to be needed then we used data recovery software. Exp-Recycle bin.

Compression utilities- Compression utility are used to compress large sized files so that they can be stored in storage of low capacity. Win-zip is a popular compression utility used in window based desktops.      

Anti virus utility- Any program that effect the normal working of the other programs or effect the boot sector of the disk is a virus. The anti virus software detects the virus, identify and prevent it from spreading. Some examples of anti-virus software are Norton’s anti virus, MC afee etc.

System Development Programs- They assists in the creation of computer programs.  Examples of system development are – programming language, language translations.

**Application software-Application software are the software that are designed to satisfy a particular need of a particular environment. All software prepared by us in the computer lab. Examples of application software are-student record software, railway reservation software, income tax software, word processors etc.

Features of application software:-

*It is close to user.
*It is Slow in speed
*It is Easy to understand.
*It is Easy to manipulate
*It is Generally, written in high level language
*It is easy to design.

*General purpose application software-General purpose application software are designed to satisfy common needs of various business.SOME GENERAL PURPOSE SOFTWARE ARE-
WORD PROCESSOR-word processor is the software used to word processing. There are many word processors available in the market. The common and the popular among are: Word Star, MS-WORD.
ELECTRONIC SPREADSHEET:-A spreadsheet contains greed of cells arranged in columns and rows. Data is entered into the cells to represent information. Examples of electronics spreadsheet are lotus 1, 2, 3 and excel.
PRESENTATION SOFTWARE-presentation software are the software which are used to present information to a large number of people. Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation software.
DESKTOP PUBLISHING SOFTWARE- desktop publishing software are used for type setting and designing purposes. Well know desktop publishing software are page marker and Coral Draw.
WEB BROWSER SOFTWARE-with an internet connection, this type of software enables a user to visit from one site to another by following, to search locations and view web documents .Examples are Netscape communicator,Microsoft internet explorer 6.
SPECIAL PURPOSE APPLICATION SOFTWARE-application software are created to satisfy specific needs of an organization. Example are payroll software, railway reservation software etc.


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