Meaning of Software

What is software:

software is a computer term that refers to a program or set of computer programs, as well as data, procedures and guidelines that allow different tasks to be carried out in a computer system.

This term is commonly used to refer in a very generic way to the programs of a computing device, however, the software it encompasses everything that is intangible in a computer system.

software It is a term from the English language, which is accepted by the RAE and does not have a translation that conforms to Spanish.

Types software

In a generic way, several types of software depending on the use or utility:

software system

It is the program responsible for the execution of all the applications necessary for a system to operate correctly. It is often confused with the operating system but goes further, as it also includes optimization tools, device drivers, and servers, among other components.

software programming

They are all the tools that allow the development of new software. Therefore, they are not usually used by the end user but by programmers. It includes, to mention the most important, the following:

  • Compilers (programs that analyze and run other programs).
  • Interpreters (software which "translates" the different programming languages).
  • Text editors (create and modify text files, programming language or source code).

software of application

A software application is a program designed to facilitate some specific tasks for any computer medium, whether in computers, tablets or cell phones.

Video games, assisted design programs (such as CAD), software used in telecommunications, business or educational productivity applications are some examples of this type of program.

Software malicious or malicious

Also used in its original form in English malicious software Or simply malware, It is the one that is created for illegal purposes such as obtaining private information from the user or damaging the system.

software Free and software owner

The concept of software free is used to refer to those programs that allow the user to use, copy, modify and distribute it. To make these actions effective, it is necessary that said software include source code.

Some examples are the Mozilla Firefox browser, the Clam Win Free antivirus and the assisted design application QCad.

In opposition to this term, we speak of software owner to indicate that a computer program is not completely free. In this sense, the owner of the software prohibits or restricts their use, redistribution or modification. In this case, the source code is not included.

The Windows operating system, the Microsoft Office application package, the Photoshop graphic editing program are some of the softwares best known owners.

software Y hardware

Both computing concepts are interrelated. The hardware are the physical elements that make up a computer system (for example, the keyboard or the CPU), while the software It is the logical and intangible support (for example, an antivirus program or a word processor) and that allows the development of various functions.

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