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CIS 105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Essential Concepts and Terminology Study Unit 6 Application Software. Computer programs that help you perform a specific task such as word processing. Also called application programs, applications, or programs. Horizontal Market Software.

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CIS 105Survey of Computer Information Systems

Essential Concepts and Terminology

Study Unit 6


Application Software.

  • Computer programs that help you perform a specific task such as word processing. Also called application programs, applications, or programs.


Horizontal Market Software.

  • General purpose computer program used by many different kinds of businesses (for example, an accounting program) or many individuals.


Vertical Market Software.

  • Computer programs designed to meet the needs of a specific market segment or industry.


Custom Software.

  • Software that has been written specifically to meet the needs of a particular user.


Productivity Software.

  • Computer programs that help individuals work more effectively and efficiently.


System Requirements.

  • Minimum necessary specifications for the operating system and hardware configuration for a software product to function.


Software Piracy.

  • Illegally copying, distribution, or modification of copyrighted software.


Commercial Software.

  • Copyrighted computer applications sold to consumers for profit.


Shareware.

  • Copyrighted software marketed under a license that allows users to use the software for a trial period and purchase a license if they wish to continue use.


Freeware.

  • Copyrighted software provided for free, usually with the condition that is cannot be resold for profit.


Public Domain Software.

  • Software that has not been copyrighted, or is made available for public use, by its author.


Beta Version.

  • A preliminary release of a program during its final testing phase. Beta versions often contain errors and expire after a predetermined time period.


Software License.

  • A legal contract that defines the ways in which a program can be used.


Documentation.

  • Reference manuals and support materials that explain how a program works.


Maintenance Release.

  • A minor revision release of a program that corrects bugs and/or adds minor features.


Installation.

  • The process by which programs are copied to the hard disk of a computer system.


Office Suite.

  • A group of application programs packaged and sold as a unit.


Object Linking and Embedding (OLE).

  • The process that enables separate applications to exchange data and work in an integrated manner.


Launch.

  • The process of transferring program code to memory.


Wizard.

  • A sequence of dialog boxes that direct the user through multi-step software tasks, such as installing programs.


Template.

  • A version of a document that includes basic text, graphics and/or formatting for creating documents.


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