Computer Basics/Software/Computer software
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Software is any type of program which:
- contains step by step instructions
- tells the computer what to do
- tells the computer how to do it
Without software, a computer system is a collection of plastic and metal parts that wouldn't be able to do anything.
Main types of computer software
There are two types of software programs: system software and application software.
System software controls the computer hardware and the computer system. Examples are:
- Mac OS X
Application software are programs that make computers perform specific tasks. Examples are:
- Word processors
- Database management systems
- Internet Browsers