Fundamentals of Computer Systems: Application software
General purpose application software
General purpose application software is a type of application that can be used for a variety of tasks. It is not limited to one particular function. For example, a word processor could be classed as general purpose software as it would allow a user to write a novel, create a restaurant menu or even make a poster.
Examples of General purpose application software include: Word processors, Spreadsheet and Presentation software. Whatever you do, do not use brand names!
Special purpose application software
Special purpose application software is a type of software created to execute one specific task. For example, a camera application on your phone will only allow you to take and share pictures. Another example would be a chess game, it would only allow you to play chess.
Other examples of special purpose application software are web browsers, calculators, media players, calendar programs etc. Again, make sure that you don't use brand names!
Bespoke application software
Bespoke application software is tailor made for a specific user and purpose. For example a factory may require software to run a robot to make cars, however, it is the only factory making that car in the world, so the software required would have to be specially built for the task.
Other examples might include software for the military, missile/UAV operations, software for hospitals and medical equipment, software being written inside banks and other financial institutions.
There are several things to consider before purchasing bespoke software, on the plus side:
However, you must also consider
(Don't let the examiner catch you using product names!)
general purpose software is: