Different type of Softwares

Software is often divided into System software and Application software.

The term middleware is sometimes used to describe programming that mediates between application and system software or between two different kinds of application software.

Another category of software is the utility, which is a small, useful program with limited capability.

Similarly, applets are small applications that sometimes come with the operating system as accessories.

What is System/Computer Software

Computer software, also called software, is a set of instructions and its associated documentation that tells a computer what to do or how to perform a task. The word software was first used in the late 1960′s to emphasize its difference from computer hardware, which can be physically observed by the user.

System software is generally prepared by the computer manufacturers.

These software products comprise of programs written in low-level languages, which interact with the hardware at a very basic level. System software serves as the interface between the hardware and the end users.

Examples are- 
Windows, macOS, Linux – Operating Systems.
Windows Media Player, iTunes, VLC media player – Playing rich media.
Avast, Kaspersky, Quickheal – Antivirus.

What is Application Software ?

Application software (also called end-user programs) is package that performs a specific task for end users.Application softwares are different from System Software

Application softwares are focused to solve a particular problem, like take a photograph, a word processor, A scanner software, an image editor all comes under application softwares, or Apps.

All software applications prepared in the computer lab can come under the category of Application software.

Applications sit on top of systems software because they are unable to run without the operating system and system utilities.

The words app and application are used interchangeably but the two are slightly different. App is used to describe a type of application that has a single functionality, whereas an application may handle a number of functions.

Difference between System Software and Application Software

1.Software is a set of instructions or data that operates the hardware.Windows (operating  System) is system software.
2.Software may executable or may not be.
3.Software does not need user interaction for functioning.
4.Software is used as mediator between user and hardware.


1.Application is nothing but a software designed to perform specific task for user.Adobe Photoshop is Application Software.
2.Application is always executable.

3.Application need user interaction for functioning.
4.Application is used only by end users.


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