There is a large variety of computer software available to computer users that are constantly being modified and created. Here are some examples of types of software and their uses:
– Operating Systems: This is the most important basic type of software that every computer should have. Operating system software manages computer systems and enables the execution of all other computer programs. The most popular examples of operating system software are Windows, Mac and Linux.
– Drivers: Driver software programs enable a computer to communicate with external hardware devices such as printers, scanners and media cards.
– Games: Computer gaming software is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in a media form. Gaming software is available in many genres, including Massive Multilayer Online games (MMOs), first-person shooters, adventure games, role-playing games and action games.
– Media: Computer software that enables media play and media development is also very popular with the growing availability of music and video on the Internet. This type of software displays media in various forms and creates media files.
– Educational: Computers are becoming more common for their usage as a teaching tool. Educational software programs and games allow both children and adults alike to learn information, analyze facts and memorize data. Education software often employs drills or tools that make learning easier.
– Database: Database computer software is a common form of managing data in digital form. These digital databases can be organized by storing data, creating data, maintaining data and allowing search and access functions.
– Word Processing: There is a wide variety of word processing software available, used for the creation, composition and formatting of printable data. Word processing software can perform a multitude of processing functions, such as batching, specific formatting, editing, image and diagram support, access to an internal dictionary or thesaurus, cross-referencing, spell checking and grammar checking.