Sunday, August 22, 2010

Computer software

Computer software, or just software, is the collection of computer programs and related data that provide the instructions telling acomputer what to do. The term was coined to contrast to the old term hardware (meaning physical devices). In contrast to hardware, software is intangible, meaning it "cannot be touched".[1] Software is also sometimes used in a more narrow sense, meaning application softwareonly. Sometimes the term includes data that has not traditionally been associated with computers, such as film, tapes and records.[2]

Examples of computer software include:

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