Application Software

-It's utilizes the capacities of a computer directly to a dedicated task. Application software is able to manipulate text,numbers and graphics. It can be in the form of software focused on a certain single task like word processing, spreadsheet or playing of audio and video files.

Different types of Application Software

  • Word Processing Software: Allows users to create, edit a document. Example:MS Word, Word Pad etc.
  • Spreadsheet Software: Allows users to create document and perform calculation. Example:Excel,Lotus 1-2-3 etc.
  • Database Software: Allows users to store and retrieve vast amount of data. Example: MS Access, MySQL,Oracle etc.
  • Presentation Graphic Software: Allows users to create visual presentation. Example: MS Power Point
  • Multimedia Software: Allows users to create image, audio, video etc. Example: Real Player, Media Player etc.

Application Software Classification

  • An application suite consists of multiple applications bundled together. They usually have related functions, features and user interfaces, and may be able to interact with each other, e.g. open each other's files.Business application often come in suites, e.g.Microsoft Office,, and iwork which bundle together a word processor, a spreadsheet, etc.; but suites exist for other purposes, e.g. graphics or music.
  • Enterprise software addresses the needs of organization processes and data flow, often in a large distributed environment. (Examples include financial systems, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and supply-chain management software). Note that Departmental Software is a sub-type of Enterprise Software with a focus on smaller organizations or groups within a large organization. (Examples include Travel Expense Management, and IT Helpdesk)
  • Enterprise infrastructure software provides common capabilities needed to support enterprise software systems. (Examples include databases, email servers, and systems for managing networks and security.)



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