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Computer software is a set of programs, which is designed to perform a well-defined function. A program is sequence of instructions written to solve a particular problem.

There are two types of software

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  1. System Software
  2. Application Software

System Software

The system software is a collection of programs designed to operate, control, & extend processing capabilities of a computer itself. System software is generally prepared by computer manufacturers. software products comprise program written a low-level language, which interacts with hardware at a very basic level. The software serves as a between hardware & end users.

Some examples of system software  (Operating System, Compilers, Interpreter, Assemblers, etc.)



Here is a list of some of the most prominent features of a system software

  1. Close to the system
  2. Fast in speed
  3. Difficult to design
  4. Difficult to understand
  5. Less interactive
  6. Smaller in size
  7. Difficult to manipulate
  8. Generally written in a low-level language

Application Software

Application software products are designed to satisfy a particular need of a particular environment. The software applications are prepared PC  lab come under the category of the Application software.

Application software may consist of a single program, such as Microsoft’s notepad for writing and editing a simple text. It may also consist of a collection of programs, often called a software package, which works together to accomplish a task, such as a spreadsheet package.

Examples of Application software are the following −

  1. Payroll Software
  2. Student Record Software
  3. Inventory Management Software
  4. Income Tax Software
  5. Railways Reservation Software
  6. Microsoft Office Suite Software
  7. Microsoft Word
  8. Microsoft Excel
  9. Microsoft PowerPoint


Features of the application software are as follows

  1. Close to the user
  2. Easy to design
  3. More interactive
  4. Slow in speed
  5. Generally written in the high-level language
  6. Easy to understand
  7. Easy to manipulate and use
  8. Bigger in size and requires large storage space

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