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Software Terms

TermDefinition
Software A set of instructions that tells the computer what actions to perform
Application software A collection of programs (tools) that perform specific tasks. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access
System software A collection of programs that manage and coordinate the activities of the computer system
Commercial Software Software that is developed and sold for a profit
Shareware Software that is available free of charge for a trial purpose (temporary)
Freeware Can be used, copied, and shared with others without charge
Public domain software Non-copyrighted software that can be used without restriction
Bit Short for binary digit, a bit is the fundamental unit of information having two possible values, 0 or 1.
Byte The sequence of 0s and 1s that make up data are usually counted in groups of 8, and these groups of 8 bits are called bytes.
Binary Number A number system consisting of 0’s and 1’s that are used to represent information on a computer.
Word Processing Software Allows users to create, edit, and print documents like letters, memos and reports
Spreadsheet Software Provides users with a convenient way to create documents containing complex mathematical calculations
Database Software Allows users to store and organize large amounts of data and retrieve specific information when needed
Presentation Software Allows users to create visual presentations to convey information to others
Multimedia The integration of a variety of media (text, graphics, video, animation, sound, etc) into an application or presentation
Utility Program A type of systems program written to perform a specific system task. Usually related to managing or maintaining the system. (diagnostics, cleaning, antivirus, etc)
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