System vs Application Software


In the previous articles we discussed about system software, application software and their examples, in this article we are going to list out major differences between system software and application software.

Major differences between system software and application software are pointed below:

Set of computer programs that are designed to control computer hardware and to provide service.

Computer program that is designed to perform specific task.


System software manages computer resources and provides platform for the execution of application software.

Application software manages their specific tasks to suit their needs.


System software can exist as a lone entity.

Application software needs system software for its existence.


Examples: MS Windows, Mac OS, Unix, Linux etc.

Examples: Web browsers, Word processor, Image Editors, Spreadsheets etc.