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What is the difference between system software and application software? How do you determine the operating system version that is installed on your computer? Next, list 5 of the applications you have installed on your computer and classify them according to how they are used (i.e., games, web browser, email client, etc.). Select two of the applications you listed and explain how you determine the version of these programs. What specific features do you like about each program?

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System software
1. What is the difference between system software and application software?
a. Application compared to operating system software

Application Software:

It works with any operating system to perform any specific functionality required by user.
There are number of applications software developed to accomplish tasks. They all need run on any one of operations systems. (UNIX, Mac OS and Windows)
Application Software can run on any operating systems. (Some are OS dependent too)

Operating system software

All computers and mainframes, have an operating system to run other programs, such as application software. Examples of operating systems for personal computers include Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS (Darwin), and Unix.
The main advantages of an operating system include:
1. Allows multiple programs to run concurrently.
2. simplifies the programming of application software because the program does not have to manage the hardware. The operating systems manage all hardware and the interaction of software. It also gives the program a high level interface to the hardware and ways of interacting with other programs.
The lowest level of any operating system is its kernel. This is the first layer of software loaded into ...

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