Application software (also application program) is
|“||programs that permit a user to perform some particular task such as word processing, database management, or spreadsheet calculations, or that permits a user to play video games.||”|
|“||[c]omputer programs which directly automate the functions or problems of end users (laypersons). Applications programs automate both business applications such as payroll and scientific applications such as statistical calculations.||”|
|“||[s]oftware program that performs a specific function directly for a user and can be executed without access to system control, monitoring or administrative privileges. Examples include office automation, electronic mail, web services, and major functional or mission software programs.||”|
|“||provides capabilities for performing specific data processing functions such as payroll, inventory control, accounting and statistical work, and any other data processing activity to which the computer is applied.||”|
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- DoD Directive 8500.1, at 17.
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