application software



Complete, self-contained computer program (usually a commercially produced, shrinkwrapped software) that performs a specific useful task, other than system maintenance functions (which are performed by utility programs). Called 'Apps' for short, application programs are the most familiar forms of software and come in a very wide variety of types (such as accounting programs, database programs, graphics and illustration programs, word processing programs). Also called application program.

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  • A lot of companies are now using application software to simplify things and help their employees do their jobs easier.

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  • We didn't think we could install the program because we did not have the application software we needed to do it.

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  • Computers that I work on often require the most up to date application software to fully utilize the powerful machines.

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