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application (application software)

applications and systems software

An application is a program, or group of programs, that is designed for the end user. Application software can be divided into two general classes: systems software and applications software. Applications software (also called end-user programs) include such things as database programs, word processors, Web browsers and spreadsheets.

Figuratively speaking, applications software sits on top of systems software because it is unable to run without the operating system and system utilities.

Recommended Reading: Webopedia's enterprise application definition.

In contrast, Systems software consists of low-level programs that interact with the computer at a very basic level. This includes operating systems, compilers, and utilities for managing computer resources.

Also see a diagram of n-tier application architecture in the quick reference section of Webopedia.

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