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Software Defined

To perform a certain type of task using your computer, such as typing a letter, you need an application or program for that task. When you purchase a new PC, you might receive some applications as part of the purchase. In fact, many of the most reasonably priced systems today are shipped with some flavor of Microsoft Office (or at the very least, Microsoft Word, which you will learn throughout the seventh part of this book). As you may have noticed while exploring your new machine, Windows also includes some applications such as a paint program, a calculator, and an ever-popular Solitaire card game.

As time passes, you will form your own preferences for the types of software you want to use. Software can get expensive so spend time with an application before you pay a lot for it. The Internet often provides a way for you to try demonstrations, or just demos of software, so that you can “try before you buy.”


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