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Software comprises the entire set of programs, procedures, and routines associated with the operation of a computer system. The term was coined to differentiate these instructions from hardware—i.e., the physical components of a computer system.

Software refers to programming code that is executed on the computer hardware that facilitates the completion of tasks by a computer. What is a computer program? A computer program is a specific sequence of instructions written in programming code that is carried out by a computer processor to complete a specific task. Thus, a computer program is a piece of software designed for a certain use or task.

Examples include operating systems, which allow for easy use of a computer’s processing power. As well as applications like Notepad and Firefox. Software can be physically stored on the hard drive or at another location such as a USB drive. Or it can be cloud-based and hosted over the internet.