Types of System Software
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Types of System Software

Project Name: Types of System Software
Description: This blog will help to understand Types of System Software

Author: Rohit D Sadgune / Amruta Sadgune

Frequently Asked Question on Types of System Software

  • What are different types of system software?
  • What are the different types of software?
  • What are the different categories of software?
  • What are the two main types of system software?
  • What is the difference between application software and system software?
  • What are some examples of software?

System software is a universal   expression referring to the computer programs used to start and run computer systems and networks. System software dissimilitude with application software, programming tools and malware. System software includes:

  • Operating systems
  • Device drivers
  • Middleware
  • Utility software
  • Shells and windowing systems

What are different types of system software?

System software which initiate the command over operations of a computer and its devices. The two types of system software are operating systems and utility programs.

What are the different types of software?

There are two main types of software: systems software and application software. Systems software includes the programs that are committed to manage the computer itself, such as the operating system, file management utilities, and disk operating system.

What are the different categories of software?

Types of Application and System Software

Computer Software is divided into Application Software and System Software.

  • Application Software:

Application Software is responsible for performing tasks, group of functions which benefits the end user. Using the application Software users can perform productive tasks such as creating spreadsheet, browsing, creating documents, sending emails, calculations etc.

Application Software’s can be categorized into General Purpose and Application Specific Programs.

  • General Purpose Software:

These kind of software’s are used in performing day to day activities like using spreadsheet, performing calculations, Documentation, managing databases.

  1. Software Suites
  2. Web Browsers
  3. Electronic Mail
  4. Word Processing
  5. Spreadsheet
  6. Graphics
  7. Groupware
  8. Personal Information Managers.

    Application Specific Programs

These category of software are specially designed to satisfy the needs of a specific category.

  1. Business- Accounting
  2. Transaction –Processing
  3. ERP- Enterprise Resource Planning
  4. Engineering
  5. Science
  6. Research and Technology
  7. Entertainment.

    System Software:

System Software is responsible for managing and operating the systems and network by providing services to other software. These are dedicatedly managing by computer itself.

System Software is further divided into System Management Programs and System Development Programs.

  • System Management Programs

  1. Operating System
  2. Network Management Programs
  3. Database Management Systems
  4. Application Servers
  5. System Utilities
  6. Performance and Security Monitors
  • System Development Programs

  1. Program Language Translators
  2. Programming Editors and Tools
  3. Computer Aided Software Engineering Packages (CASE)


What are some examples of software?

  • Operating Systems

    Operating System Functions

  1. Booting
  2. User interface
  3. Memory management
  4. Virtual memory
  5. Performance monitor
  6. Automatic update

Types of Operating Systems

Stand-Alone Operating Systems
  1. Windows Vista
  2. UNIX
  3. Mac OS
  4. Linux

Server Operating Systems

  1. Windows Server 2008
  2. UNIX
  3. Linux
  4. Solaris
  5. AIX
  6. Windows Server 2012

Embedded Operating Systems

  1. Windows Embedded CE
  2. Windows Mobile
  3. Palm OS
  4. iPhone OS
  5. Blackberry
  6. Embedded Linux
  7. Symbian OS

Utility Programs

  1. file manager
  2. search utility
  3. image viewer
  4. uninstaller
  5. disk cleanup utility
  6. disk derangement
  7. backup utility
  8. restore utility
  9. screen saver
  10. personal firewall
  11. file compression utility
  12. media player
  13. Disc burning software
  14. personal computer maintenance utility

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