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- Created 2012-02-15
is all the
that causes a computer to perform useful tasks (compare with
es) beyond the running of the computer itself. A specific instance of such software is called a
The term is used to contrast such software with
, which manages and integrates a computer's capabilities but does not directly perform tasks that benefit the user. The system software serves the application, which in turn serves the user.
s. Many application programs deal principally with
. Applications may be
with the computer and its system software or published separately, and can be coded as university projects.
Application software applies the power of a particular
or system software to a particular purpose.
Some applications are available in versions for several different platforms; others have narrower requirements and are thus called, for example, a
. Sometimes a new and popular application arises which only runs on one platform, increasing the desirability of that platform. This is called a killer application.
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