Types of Computer Software
There are so many examples of Computer Software but all of them are grouped into two:
1. System Software.
2. Application Software.
1. System Software:
A System Software is a set of instructions, given to the computer to guide it in performing tasks, that are general in nature, such as copying files, sorting files, deleting files, etc. It controls the operations of the computer and its peripherals.
Examples of system software are Operating systems, Utility programs, and Device drivers. Concrete examples are PC-DOS, Microsoft Disk Operating System, Microsoft Windows Operating System, Unix, Zenix, Linux.
2. Application Software:
Application software is a list of instructions, given to the computer to guide it in carrying out tasks, that are specific in nature. It is designed to solve a particular problem of the end-user of the computer.
Examples of application software are Word processing software, Database management software, Spreadsheet software, Graphics software, etc. Concrete examples of application software are Microsoft-word,Microsoft-Excel, CorelDraw,Microsoft-Access,Microsoft-PowerPoint, etc.
Application software is a program, meant to tackle peculiar problems in certain application areas, hence, the reason for calling them application software.
They are designed with the participation of users. For example, many users wanted to use the computer to type their letters, then, word processing software was produced.
Similarly, some people wanted to use the computer to calculate, solve some mathematical problems, then, spreadsheet software was produced. Some companies or organizations use the computer to do payroll. Some banks use the computer for accounting systems, etc.