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by Mira Vlach on January 13, 2008:

Software is a general term for all computer programs, which we install on a computer. The physical part is then called hardware.

System software is such that enables the computer to work and basically interact with the user. That is mostly the operating system (MS Windows, Linux etc.).

Thanks to the system software, the application software can work. Its function is to fulfil a specific task, for which it has been programmed. It is most often represented by business software (office suite), anti-virus, computer games, database programs, Internet browsers etc.

There are various licences for software, each set by its proprietor or creator. Due to this, some applications are paid, while others may by for free use. The obligation to pay for the use may also depend on the type of user and other conditions.

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