Distinguish between System software and application software

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Systems Software
Performs the fundamental tasks needed to manage computer resources. The two most common pieces of systems software are
1) The operating systems such as Linux, OS X, and Windows.
2) Utility programs such as file management, notepads, browsers, command prompts etc.

Application Software
Consists of programs that enable the computer to carry out specific tasks or functions. They can be general purpose or custom-built. It may be purchased from vendors or developed internally.
1) Examples of applications found on personal computers include word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, and small databases.
2) Applications found on dedicated servers are payroll, human resources, purchasing, accounts payable, general ledger, treasury, etc.

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