All About Productivity (+)
If I wanted to share what I’m learning in and out of class with a friend, I would condense the following questions into three parts:
- What categories do programs and apps fall under?
- How does software and hardware interact with an operating system?
- Distributions and Key Features for Use
- Where can you get your own programs and apps?
- What are key features found in productivity software?
- What are key features found in graphics/media software?
- What personal use can you give apps?
- Communication, Security, Management
- Why kind of software is needed for communication applications?
- What are key features for security software?
- What are key features for management software?
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Introduction. Programs and apps generally fall under six categories: (1) productivity; (2) graphics/media; (3) personal interest; (4) communications; (5) security; and (6) management. Software, in turn, can be described as those programs and apps. In fact, program and software are synonyms. They are organized codes that instruct a machine on what and how to perform a task (or series of tasks). An operating system is the overarching software that runs the machine or hardware on which it resides; it acts as in interface that ties the user, software, and hardware together.
- User turns on the hardware.
- Hardware loads an operating system (OS) which presents a user interface (UI).
- User accesses an application installed within the OS.
- User inputs data into the application for processing.
- The application sends instructions to the OS.
- The OS sends instructions to the hardware.
There is a difference between apps.
desktop apps: work on desktops/laptops.
mobile apps: work on mobile devices.
native apps: written for a particular OS.
cloud apps: not installed or stored on the user’s machine/device.
web apps: a cloud app that is accessed only through a browser.
mobile web apps: a cloud app that is accessed only through a mobile browser.