Outline of software

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to software:

Software – collection of computer programs and related data that provides the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it. Software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer for some purposes. In other words, software is a set of programs, procedures, algorithms and its documentation concerned with the operation of a data processing system. The term was coined to contrast to the old term hardware (meaning physical devices). In contrast to hardware, software "cannot be touched".[1] Software is also sometimes used in a more narrow sense, meaning application software only. Sometimes the term includes data that has not traditionally been associated with computers, such as film, tapes, and records.[2]

What type of thing is software?[edit]

Software can be described as all of the following:

Types of software[edit]

Software products[edit]

By publisher[edit]

By platform[edit]

By type[edit]


History of software[edit]

Software development[edit]

  • Software development  (outline) – development of a software product, which entails computer programming (process of writing and maintaining the source code), but also encompasses a planned and structured process from the conception of the desired software to its final manifestation.[4] Therefore, software development may include research, new development, prototyping, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products.[5]

Computer programming[edit]

Software engineering[edit]

Software distribution[edit]

Software distribution

Software industry[edit]

Software publications[edit]

Persons influential in software[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wordreference.com: WordNet 2.0". Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. ^ "software..(n.d.)". Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved 2007-04-13.
  3. ^ "Translation 'teachware'".
  4. ^ http://www.bestpricecomputers.co.uk/glossary/application-development.htm
  5. ^ DRM Associates (2002). "New Product Development Glossary". Retrieved 2006-10-29.

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