Application software


LibreOffice Writer, a word processing application.

Application software (app for short) is computing software designed to carry out a specific task other than one relating to the operation of the computer itself,[1] typically to be used by end-users. Examples of an application include a word processor and a media player. The collective noun application software refers to all applications collectively.[2] The other principal classifications of software are system software, relating to the operation of the computer, and utility software ("utilities").

Applications may be bundled with the computer and its system software or published separately and may be coded as proprietary, open-source, or projects.[3] Apps built for mobile platforms are called mobile apps.

  1. ^ "application software". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  2. ^ "Application software". PC Magazine. Ziff Davis.
  3. ^ Ryan, Thorne (2013-03-14). "Caffeine and computer screens: student programmers endure weekend long appathon". The Arbiter. Archived from the original on 2016-07-09. Retrieved 2015-10-12.

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