Skip to main content

Types of Computer Software

Software consists of set of instructions with which the user interacts with the computer. Anything that is related to physical aspects of the computer is called hardware, whereas the instructions given to computer to execute a certain work is called a software. In a computer, software and hardware are both required and each depends on the other for certain functionalities. Software tools find numerous applications in industries and business organizations, from designing and creating a new system application to upgrading or modifying an existing one. Being technology agnostic, we are using many software tools for web, mobiles, desktop, client/server application, LAN, WAN etc.

Basically, computer software is broadly divided into three categories:
System Software
Utility Software
Application Software
System Software

System software consists of programs or applications that are designed specifically to control and co-ordinate with the computer hardware. It communicates with internal parts of the system and also helps to maintain a platform for application programs. It has system programs which includes file libraries of device drivers, system settings and preferences, configuration files, compilers and interpreters, system utilities etc. System files are mostly background programs through which operating system coordinates with different hardware components to run the computer smoothly. The system software runs the basic functionality of the computer and gets installed along with the operating system. To keep the system up-to-date with latest updates, the users have to run the programs that are often recommended by the OS.

Some basic examples of system software include:

Operating System
System servers
Device drivers
Compilers and interpreters
Windows/graphical user interface (GUI) systems
Utility Software

utility software includes programs and applications that help users in system maintenance and add functionality for better performance of computer. Unlike applications, utilities are small programs that are designed to customize & enhance the desktop features or scan and monitor the computer for unwanted software and viruses. It helps to manage computer resources and aims at optimizing various aspects of computer hardware and operating system.

Some examples of Utility software are as follows:

Disk defragmenters
System Profilers
Virus scanners
Disk cleaners
Data backup utility
Network managers
Encryption utilities
Application Software

It is one of the most popular types and are widely used in B2B and B2C applications. Unlike system software which runs in the background unnoticed, application software requires user interaction to work with the computer. It is necessary to have system software to run & implement the programs of application software. They are generally end user programs which are being created for specific purposes to help individuals with their work related activities. Some are generalized applications such as word processors & browsers while others are designed for specific needs for a particular type of business or organization. Popular examples of application software are word processors, spreadsheets, browsers, email software etc.

Apart from these common types of software applications, there are also many other user written programs tailored for specific systems to meet special needs of end user. Application programs can be web based which require an online activity or it can be traditional intranet which is purely designed for internal organizational needs. Many application softwares are being used for different purposes in B2B and B2C business segments. It includes various types such as product development applications, educational software, entertainment software, enterprise software etc. Each category consists of numerous applications that are designed for particular end user needs. For instance, enterprise applications can be of different types such as CRM, automated time and billing systems, enterprise resource planning (ERP), email marketing systems, supply chain management software etc.

Instead of using traditional on-device software, now-a-days software is delivered as a service (SaaS) over the internet. That means any software allowing customization which is given as service to the users is called SaaS. For instance, the internet services that we commonly use everyday such as Google, Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook etc are also considered as software as a service applications. SaaS service allows users to customize applications to fit their business processes without much worrying about complex software and hardware management. It includes many applications for business purpose from accounting, invoicing and tracking sales to providing the needs of online business such as website design, development and monitoring.

Search-marketing.in website is a useful resource which caters to micro businesses on developments in digital marketing in India. It provides information on digital marketing strategies and helps Indian micro businesses to establish strong online presence and to leverage the Internet for business performance and growth.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What Is Digital Marketing?

 What Is Digital Marketing? Digital marketing is that the use of the social media, Internet, search engines, mobile devices, and other channels to succeed in consumers. Some consider digital marketing to be entirely new which needs a replacement way of understanding that how customers behave and new ways of approaching the purchasers compared to the normal marketing. Digital Marketing Channels 1. Website Marketing 2. Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising 3.Content Marketing 4.Email Marketing 5.Social Media Marketing 6.Affiliate Marketing 7.Video Marketing 8.SMS Messaging Digital Marketing As A course and Career The Digital Marketing course will transform you into a complete digital marketer with expertise in the top eight digital marketing domains — search engine optimization, social media, pay-per-click, conversion optimization, digital analytics, content, mobile, and email marketing. Fast-track your career in digital marketing today with practical training you can appl
   5 Tips for Guiding Your Child Through an Escape Room   The most distinguishable characteristics of children are how immensely full of energy and curiosity they are! Compared to adults, they are far more willing to start thinking out of the box and be creative. These factors seemingly make them one of the best players to enjoy an escape room experience.    Taking your child to one of the escape rooms in Prescott this weekend can be a memorable experience for them. Visiting the escapades also undeniably offers you one of the best ways to spend quality time with your family. Furthermore, it also allows your child to test their creativity and problem-solving skills and even enhance their motor skills.    Now, while you take your kid to an escape room game anytime soon, here are 5 essential tips that you need to keep in your mind: 1.    Do your homework! It is always better to prepare yourself before entering the escape room game. So, instead of randomly choosing and

Why Science Labs are Important for Students in School?

Science is a subject which allows students to explore and discover new theories. From a small atom to large universe everything is conceptualize with help of science education. But only theoretical knowledge is not sufficient. Practical knowledge is important to increase engagement and knowledge. Science lab is a place for student which functions to magnify deep understanding of theoretical concepts taught in classrooms. By this effective teaching method, students can gain numerous benefits. Ideal Education Point (New Choudhary public school) believes that ‘Child learn in class but understand in laboratories. Laboratories provide a great experience and high degree of knowledge in developing necessary skills for study and research. Science is a little difficult subject than any other therefore it is must for any school to have a science lab. Know the importance of science labs - • Understand difficult aspects One cannot just read the hefty science books and understand all the meaning