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  1. Definition of Application Software
  2. Types of Application Software


Definition of Application Software

Application software is all the computer software that enables a computer to perform useful and specific tasks. A specific instance of such software is called a software application or app.

The term is used to contrast such software with system software, which manages and integrates a computer’s capabilities but does not directly perform tasks that benefit the user. The system software serves the application, which in turn serves the user.

Examples of application software include accounting software, enterprise software, graphics software, media players, and office suites. Many application programs deal principally with documents.

Application software applies the power of a particular computing platform or system software to a particular purpose. They are developed to perform specific task for the end-user.

Some applications are available in versions for several different platforms; others have narrower requirements and are thus called, for example, a Geography application for Windows, an Android application for education, or Linux gaming.

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