Applications software, sometimes referred to simply as applications or an apps, is computer software designed to help users to carry out specific tasks. Examples include enterprise software, accounting software, office suites, graphics software and media players. Applications may be bundled with the computer and its system software or may be published separately. The abbreviation apps is generally reserved for applications designed for mobile devices such as Smartphones and tablets.
Many applications are available on a range of different platforms, but others are only available for specific platforms, such as Windows or Linux. The availability of superior applications can have a major impact on the popularity of platforms. For example the availability of sophisticated graphics and desktop publishing applications on the Apple Macintosh made it the preferred platform in this field.
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