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applications (or productivity) software
programs that perform a specific task (eg. word processing, spreadsheet)
this is activated when you boot your computer; searches for boot record, loads drivers and operating system
with this interface, you must type exact commands into the computer from a command prompt
a type of software license that allows only a certain number of copies to be used at one time
legal protection that grants exclusive rights to the author of a program or the owner of the copyright
with this interface, users manipulate on-screen icons to perform functions, usually with a mouse or other pointing device
language translator program
an example of systems software; converts English-like software programs into machine code that can be understood by the computer
a type of software license that allows software to be used on any and all computers at a specific location
consists of programs that coordinate and control the resources and operations of the computer itself
an example of systems software; designed to perform housekeeping chores for the computer
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