Software refers to a set of instructions or programs that are used to control the operation of a computer or other electronic device. It includes all the applications, programs, and operating systems that run on a computer or mobile device. Software can be categorized into two main types: system software and application software.
System software is responsible for managing the computer hardware, running basic operations, and providing a platform for running other software. Examples of system software include operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux, as well as device drivers and firmware.
Application software is designed to perform specific tasks for users. Examples of application software include word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and graphic design programs. Application software can be further categorized into productivity software, creative software, entertainment software, and educational software.