Origin of softwaresoft + (hard)ware
An example of software is Excel or Windows or iTunes.
- See also software
software - Computer Definition
The programs and routines for a computer system. System software includes programs and routines required to run the computer. Application software includes programs that enable users to perform tasks that use computer resources. Synonymous with software program. See also firmware, grayware, hardware, and freeware.
Instructions for the computer. A series of instructions that performs a particular task is called a "program." The two major software categories are "system software" and "application software." System Software Runs the Computer System software is made up of the operating system and other control programs for managing the hardware and running the applications. Application Software Runs the Business Application software is any program that processes data for the user (inventory, payroll, spreadsheet, word processor). Even games and DVD playback software are applications. The terms "software," "program" and "application" are synonymous and commonly interchanged in the same discussion. See system software, application software, information system, data processing and wares. Software Is Not Data A common misconception is that software is data. It is not. Software tells the hardware how to process the data. Software is "run." Data are "processed."