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Computer Software
The term "Software" refers to the set of electronic program instructions or data a computer processor reads in order to perform a task or operation, in contrast, the term "Hardware" refers to the physical componants that you can see and touch, such as the computer hard drive, mouse and keyboard.

Software can be categorized according to what it is designed to accomplish.  There are two types of software: System Software and Application Software.
System Software includes the programs that are dedicated to manage the computer itself, such as the operating system, file manament utilities and disk operating system (DOS).  The operating system manage the computer hardware resources in addition to applications and data.  Without the system software installed in our computers we would have to typw the instructions for everything we wanted the computer to do,
Application Software or somply applications are often called productivity programs or end-user programs because they enable the user to complete tasks such as creating documents, spreadsheets, databases and publications, doing online research, sending email, designing graphics, running businesses, and even playing games.  Application Software is specific to the taskit is designed for and can be as simple as a calculator application or as complex as a word processing application.