ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

what is computer software ? (Definition and Types)

Updated on February 20, 2014
Source

A Computer is basically made up of two parts. The Hardware and the Software. The Hardware is those visible parts of the Computer such as the Motherboard and the peripherals. The Computer Software on the other hand is not visible, but it is what tell the Computer Hardware what to do.

The only language the Computer Hardware can control is on and off. This is called the Binary. Every other function of the Computer is controlled by the Software. Computer Software is a written Program interpretable into commands that the Computer can understand. Usually written by a Programmer or a Computer Software Engineer.

Computer Software is a vast topic. However for the sake of simplicity it is mostly classified into two broad categories. These are the System Software and the Application Software. Each of these will be discussed in turn.

System Software

The Computer System Software is the platform on which every other software and components of the Computer operates. Basically System software consists of Operating System and all the processes that create it, hence some expert will want to subdivide System software to Operating system, Utility and Programming Software.

I think it is explicit and more academic to sum a System Software and the above divisions into the basis without which the Computer is useless. These bases are all contained in the Operating System.The Operating System of a computer is a framework on which other Computer Software operate. It relates with the basic input and output system of a Computer System (BIOS) and determine how the entire system work. Below are examples of popular Operating System Software:

Android

Mac OSX

DOS

LINUX

UNIX

XENIX

MICROSOFT WINDOWS

BlackBerry OS

Nokia OS

The above examples serve as a bridge between the Computer hardware and the Application Software. Each of them has different Operating modes that ranges from single and multi-users Operating environment. Also single and multi-task Operating environment such has the Android Software that can allow more than one task carried out at the same time on a system. Some are compartmentalized into real time processing mode. A System that specify required time under which an output is expected or achieved.

The prestige accorded any device that is amenable to an operating system such as mentioned above, is the quality of its operating environment, just like Microsoft Windows in the World of PC and Google Android in Smartphones. So when purchasing a System the most likely first information a knowledgeable user will want to know is its operating system.


Brain behind artificial intelligence, is the computer software
Brain behind artificial intelligence, is the computer software | Source

Application Software

Application Software is the Software enables a user of a Computer System to perform specific task and perhaps a spring board for other activities such as the Microsoft Office (Application Suit). Examples of Application Software are Media Player Software, Accounting software, Engineering Software, E book reader Software etc.

Other examples of Application Software include:

1. Word Processing: This is Application Software which includes Microsoft Word, Word Perfect etc.It is one of the most popular software use virtually by almost all computer owners. Microsoft word is use to type documents, prepare memos and more which is a daily routine for many users like me.

2. Multi-Media Software: This includes Real player and Media player Software, Video editing Software, etc.

3. Data Base Software: This includes Oracle, Paradox etc.

4. Spreadsheet Software: This includes Microsoft excel, Lotus 1-2-3 etc.

There are thousands of Application Software today in the market. Virtually every branch of Human endeavour today has an Application Software has the use of the Computer System has pervaded every facet of living.

In summary, Computer Software serves as an interface between the Computer Hardware and the Computer user. A clear knowledge of this concept will ensure ultimate benefits of using the Computer System.

So if you are a professional find out which Software best sooth your activities if you have not done so.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      rahul chouhan 

      4 years ago

      It's a good idea to advertise the same time of software computer. ....

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)