Programs, procedures, rules, and any associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a system.
Application software is software designed to fill specific needs of a user; for example, software for navigation, payroll, or process control. System software is software designed to facilitate the operation and maintenance of a computer system and its associated programs; e.g., operating systems, assemblers, utilities.
Contrast with hardware.
Related category COMPUTERS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, AND CYBERNETICS
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