Essay about Application Software

706 Words Jun 21st, 2012 3 Pages
Application Software

Application software, also known as an application or an "app", is computer software designed to help the user to perform specific tasks. Application software is contrasted with system software and middleware, which manage and integrate a computer's capabilities, but typically do not directly apply them in the performance of tasks that benefit the user. The system software serves the application, which in turn serves the user.()Application software is usually designed for end users and most are user friendly. Application software applies the power of a particular computing platform or system software to a particular purpose. There are many ways to obtain application software: “Commercial software, Public-domain
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(Computer and Video Game Software)
Personal software Personal software can range from cooking/ self help software to tax preparation software. Personal software is very similar to specialty software, but the personal software is usually more of a general application.
Education/ reference software
Educational software is computer software, the primary purpose of which is teaching or self-learning. Education software comes in many different types like Courseware-which describe additional educational material intended as kits for teachers or trainers or as tutorials for students, usually packaged for use with a computer. Another type of education software is assessment software- primary purpose of assessing and testing students in a virtual environment. This type allows students to complete tests and examinations using a computer, usually networked. Lastly, reference software, which emulates and expands upon print reference forms including the dictionary, translation dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, and atlas. (Pearson Education Technologies)
Productivity software
If you've ever used a word processing program, spreadsheet application or graphic design software, you've had some experience with productivity software. These are the tools people use to create and produce documents, presentations, databases, charts and graphs. It might not be the most

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