Computer software is a kind of program that enables a user to perform some specific task or used to operate a computer. It directs all the peripheral devices on the computer system – what to do and the way to perform a task. PC Software plays the role of mediator between the user and hardware. Without software, a user can’t perform any task on a computer.
A computing system can be divided into three components: the hardware, the software, and finally users. The software can be further divided into four parts: Programming software, System Software. Application software, and Driver software.
Type of Softwares
1. Programming Software is the type of software that is not used by end-users. Programming software is programs that are used to write, develop, test, and debug other software. Programming software consist set of tools to aid developers in writing programs. The various tools available are compilers, linkers, debuggers, interpreters, and text editors.
2. System Software helps the user, hardware, and application software to interact and function together. This sort of computer software allows an environment or platform for other software and applications to work in. They are also called “low-level software” as they work at a very basic level in the background.
3. Application Software or ‘Apps’ are what you engage with the most. These sorts of computer software are productive end-user programs that help you perform tasks. MS Excel, Photoshop, Skype, facetime, spreadsheets are some examples.
4. Driver Software operates and control devices and peripherals plugged into a computer. Drivers are important as they only enable the various devices to perform their designated tasks.
Application Software vs System Software
Application software always needs user interaction for functioning whereas other software doesn’t need it.