Software Updates, Patches and Service Packs
The software publishers periodically replace older versions of software product with new version known as software upgrade. Each upgrade is assigned a version number such as version 1.0 and version 2.0. The upgrading to a new version usually involves a fee but it is usually less costly than purchasing the new version.
A software update or software patch is a small section of program code that replaces part of the software currently installed. The term service pack is a set of updates related to an operating system. The updates and service packs are designed to correct problems and address security issues and are usually free. They are typically numbered using decimal places. For example, an update may change version 2.0 to version 2.01.
Many software applications allow the user to set preferences to receive notifications and updates. The user can also check for updates at the publisher’s Web site or use software’s Automatic Update option that downloads and installs updates automatically. Most popular Software can be configured to check an update and gives the option to download and install it. The updates and service packs should be installed when they become available.
Productivity software help the user to work more effectively and efficiently to perform various tasks at home, school and business etc. These programs can be standalone software Packages or can be purchased as a bundle. Productivity software include word processors, Spreadsheets, databases, project management and personal information management etc.
Word Processing Software
Word processing software is the most widely used type of application software. It is also called word processor. It is used to create, edit and format documents such as letters reports and resumes etc. Word processing is used by business organizations, government agencies and individuals for creating different types of documents. Some examples of word processing software Microsoft Word, iWork Pages and LibreOffice Writer.