System software is the backbone of any computer. It consists of all the files and programs that work to make your computer operate as a computer. System software is automatically provided when you purchase a computer on the high street, and is installed along with the operating system. Providers of system software include Windows and Apple Mac. These offer regular updates which can be installed for free as they become available. Examples of system software include assemblers, system utilities, tools and debuggers.
Application software utilizes the technology provided by system software to allow specific programs to run on a computer. To put it in simple terms, if system software could be considered to be a college timetable, application software could be considered the classes which are incorporated into the timetable. For instance, spreadsheets, word processors and graph templates are all types of application software. Some types of application software are readily installed when you buy a pc. Others will need to be manually installed, through disc or download. There is a limit to how much application software a computer can hold, which depends upon the memory capacity of the computer. What's more, having a large quantity of application software programs installed can slow a computer down. System and application software works closely together to make the modern computer function quickly and effectively; regularly technological improvements ensure the quality of both software types is constantly improving.