Computer software is a program that tells a computer what to do.These instructions might be internal commands, such as updating the system clock, or a response to external input received from the keyboard or mouse.
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Sometimes abbreviated as SW and S/W, software is a collection of instructions that enable the user to interact with a computer, its hardware, or perform tasks. For example, without your Internet browser software, you could not surf the Internet or read this page and without an operating system, the browser could not run on your computer.
While hardware includes things like monitors, Central Processing Units (CPUs), keyboards, and mice; software includes things like word processing programs, operating systems, and games.
There are two main types of computer software: system and application.
Software can be purchased at a retail computer store or online and come in a box containing all the disks (floppy diskette, CD, DVD, or Blu-ray), manuals, warranty, and other documentation.
Software can also be downloaded to a computer over the Internet.
Though there are many different types of software made both with open source and proprietary standards, the programming mostly comes down to a few basic rules.
The fundamental difference between hardware and software is that the first is tangible while the second is not.
The table below also includes a program column to clarify any software that is not a program.
See our program definition for additional examples of computer programs.
Another program called a compiler is then used to transform the source code commands into binary. Programmers create either open source or proprietary computer software.