Classifications of computer software

Computer software can be classified according to purpose,user licence, and acquisition.

In this post we discuss classification according to purpose.

Can also read: classification of computers according to purposesizearea used

Purpose 

this refers to the exact reason as to why a program was developed. They could be developed to avail computer resources to the user (system) or help the user accomplish specified tasks (application). 

System software 

performs a variety of fundamental operations that avail computer resources to the user. 

Some of these functions include: booting the computer, storing and retrieving files, executing and loading application programs.

  Examples of system software are: operating system, 

  1. firmware
  2. Operating system
  3. utility software 
  4. networking software. 

Networking software 

is used to establish communication between two or more computers. They are specifically designed to respond to service request; are governed by protocols.

Utility software

A special program that perdorms commonly used services that make certain aspects of computing to on smoothly e.g. diskmanagement, copying and sorting.

Firmware

Also refered to as stores logic, is a combination of both the software and hardware recorded permanently on electronic chips (ROM).

Operating systems.

Is a set of complex programs that work together to control user applications and also acts as a go-between, between the applications and the computer.

Examples of operating systems include: LINUX, UNIX, Windows 7,8,10, IOS, android, Mac e.t.c

 On the other hand

 application software

 are programs that are designed to help the user accomplish specific tasks. Some of the application packages are word processor, spreadsheets, desktop publishers, computer aided design, Data bases, and graphics software.

I shall be writing more on each of the above application package.

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