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application (application software)

An application is any 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.

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Image: Application Software Diagram

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

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.

Recommended Reading: Webopedia's enterprise application definition.

App Versus Application

A similar phrase, app is used to describe a type of application that has a single functionality whereas an application may handle a number of functions. See Webopedia's app definition to learn more.

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