M.Sc., M.Ed., JRF & NET
Lecturer in Physical Science, Arafa Institute for Teacher Education
The term software refers to the set of electronic program instructions or data a computer processor reads in order to perform a task or operation.
There are two main types of software: systems software and application software.
1) Systems Software
Systems software includes the programs that are dedicated to managing the computer itself, such as the operating system, file management utilities, and disk operating system (DOS).
Example: Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, UBUNTU, LINUX MINT, etc..
2) Application Software
Application software, or simply applications, enable the user to complete tasks such as creating documents, spreadsheets, databases, and publications, do online search, send email, create graphics, run businesses, and even play games!!!!!
Application software is specific to the task it is designed for and can be as simple as a calculator application or as complex as a word processing application.
Example for application softwares: Microsoft Word/Power point, Open office impress, GIMP, AUDACITY, KDENLIVE, TUPI, Adobe photoshop, illustrator, pagemaker, various media players etc..