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What is the difference between OPERATING SOFTWARE and APPLICATION SOFTWARE? I NEED TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO, PLEASE PUT IT TOGETHER,SO I CAN HAVE ONE MAIN IDEA[MAINPOINT OF VIEW]. THANKS FOR HELPING 6 years agoReport Abuse

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Operating software or Operating System is the Program that your computer uses to manage it's resources. Windows is a prime example as is Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, and MacOS (to name a few). Applications are programs that you use to perform certain tasks, anything as mundane as a calculator program to a CAD system that is used in manufacturing plants. Applications normally require an Operating system to run. 6 years agoReport Abuse

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operating software i believe it whats makes your computer work it what it needs to function. application software i believe is like a program you want to use for example win zip 6 years agoReport Abuse

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An Operating System, or OS, is a software program that enables the computer hardware to communicate and operate with the computer software. Without a computer Operating System, a computer would be useless.

OPERATING SYSTEM TYPES

As computers have progressed and developed so have the types of operating systems. Below is a basic list of the different types of operating systems and a few examples of Operating Systems that fall into each of the categories. Many computer Operating Systems will fall into more than one of the below categories.

GUI - Short for Graphical User Interface, a GUI Operating System contains graphics and icons and is commonly navigated by using a computer mouse. See our GUI dictionary definition for a complete definition. Below are some examples of GUI Operating Systems.

System 7.x
Windows 98
Windows CE

Multi-user - A multi-user Operating System allows for multiple users to use the same computer at the same time and/or different times. See our multi-user dictionary definition for a complete definition for a complete definition. Below are some examples of multi-user Operating Systems.

Linux
UNIX
Windows 2000

Multiprocessing - An Operating System capable of supporting and utilizing more than one computer processor. Below are some examples of multiprocessing Operating Systems.

Linux
UNIX
Windows 2000

Multitasking - An Operating system that is capable of allowing multiple software processes to run at the same time. Below are some examples of multitasking Operating Systems.

UNIX
Windows 2000

Multithreading - Operating systems that allow different parts of a software program to run concurrently. Operating systems that would fall into this category are:

Linux
UNIX
Windows 2000

Application software is a subclass of computer software that employs the capabilities of a computer directly to a task that the user wishes to perform. This should be contrasted with system software which is involved in integrating a computer's various capabilities, but does not directly apply them in the performance of tasks that benefit the user.

A simple, if imperfect, analogy in the world of hardware would be the relationship of an electric light - an application - to an electric power generation plant - the system. The power plant merely generates electricity, itself not really of any use until harnessed to an application like the electric light which performs a service that the user desires.

Typical examples of software application are word processors, spreadsheets and media players.

Multiple applications bundled together as a package are sometimes referred to as an application suite. Microsoft Office, which bundles together a word processor, a spreadsheet, and several other discrete applications, is a typical example. The separate applications in a suite usually have a user interface that has some commonality making it easier for the user to learn and use each...
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