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An application is basically a subclass of computer software that interacts directly with the tasks that a user needs to perform. This is different from system software which is involved in running system tasks and integrating a computer's multiple capabilities. Examples of applications include word processors, spreadsheets or customized applications designed for financial or other tasks.

  • Multiple applications bundled together as a package are sometimes referred to as an application suite.
  • Customized software tailors systems to meet the user's specific needs, ranging from supply chain management to scientific simulations, graphics and more.

In some types of embedded systems, the application software and the operating system software may be indistinguishable to the user, as in the case of software used to control a VCR, DVD player or automobile applications.

The government has many customized applications that are used to conduct specialized government business. Because the government spends so much money on software development, there is renewed interest in finding ways to migrate some applications to open source, or to reuse some of the software components, as see in the CORE.gov effort.


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