What is the meaning of software? Types of software.

What is the meaning of software? Types of software.

A software is a set of programs that instructs the computer to perform a particular task.

There are two types of software;

  • System software
  • Application software


System software is a software that interacts and controls the computer hardware directly and also serves as a platform for application software to operate.

Examples of system software; operating systems(Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows xp,macOS etc), device drivers and utilities.


This is a software that is designed to use the system software as its platform to perform other functions.

Application software is mostly called application or app. There are apps developed to function on certain operating system only. For example, there are apps that will work on windows but not on MacOS and some will also work on MacOS but not on windows, same applies to phones. Some also work on computers but not on phones and vice versa, but app developers have developed phone versions of almost all apps that use to function on computers only.

Examples of application software; browsers (google chrome,safari,Firefox,etc), word processors (Ms word, wordPerfect,AppleWorks, etc), media player (vlc, mx,etc), spreadsheet (Ms spreadsheet), photo editors (photoshop, photoshine etc), etc.


A computer will not function properly or may not function at all without system software but can perform to some extent without application software.

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