only required to have a brief outline awareness of the following material at
GCSE level. Much of the detailed content provided here is to help you piece
together computer terms you may have picked up but have little understanding of.)
'Software' is the
term used to describe any kind of computer program or data stored
in the computer's memory or as files on some form of storage media. A 'software
package' is a collection of programs and supporting data or
control files which all work together to perform a specific task,
such as a word processor package.
For example - on a CD, the music or the
computer files are the software, the disk itself is the hardware.
Note spelling: program (USA), programme (UK), you can use either but you must be consistent.
can be divided into five main types: