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Application software

Also called productivity software; helps you perform a specific task, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and so forth.

Graphical user interfaces (GUIs)

An operating system with graphical symbols representing files, programs, and documents.


Disk Operating system; originally introduced with the IBM PC in 1981.


Running two or more distinct computer operations simultaneously-one in the foreground, the other(s) in the background.

Network operating system

An operating system that runs on a network server.

Operating system

Provide an interface between the user or application program and the computer hardware.


A program or instructions that give directions to the computer.

Systems software

A group of programs that coordinate and control the resources and operations of a computer system.


Operating system developed by AT&T. It is considered portable, meaning it can run on just about any hardware platform.

User interace

Part of the computer's operating system that users interact with.

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