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Difference between Software and Peripherals

  • Last Updated : 09 Dec, 2020

1. Software :
Software, as name suggest, are simply computer programs or set of instructions that are especially designed to instruct computer about what to do as well as transform or convert input into product or output.

2. Peripherals :
Peripherals, as name suggests, are simply devices that can be external or internal and add functionality to computer but are not part of main group of components as well as provide input and output for computers.

Difference between Software and Peripherals :

Software are programs or set of instructions run on computer.Peripherals are internal or external devices that connects directly to computer.
It is actually required to operate computers and execute particular tasks.It is used to increase or enhance features and functionality of computer.
Features of software includes maintainability, efficiency, reliability, usability, etc.Features of peripherals include storage, input, output processing, usability, speed, storage, etc.
Benefits of software includes improve customer service, enhanced analysis, increase sales potential, more reliable data, etc.Benefits of peripheral devices include easy to use, easy to keep, fast to access data, cheap to buy, include sensors, etc.
Software usually provides means for accomplishing various tasks with same basic hardware. Peripheral provide input/output functions for a computer.
Type of software includes system software, programming software, application software, etc.Type of peripherals include input devices, output devices and storage devices, etc.
Its main purpose is capture input, transform it and provide output or product.Its main purpose is to extend and enhance capability of computer without even modifying core components of system.
Software’s are important for user to interact with computer and most computers are useless without software.Peripherals are not that much important for computer to function and computer can still function without these devices.

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