1. Software :
Software, as name suggest, is simply a collection of set of programs, procedures, data or instructions to instruct computer about what to so and are designed to perform well defined function.
2. Program :
Program, as name suggests, is simply a collection of instructions or ordered operations for computer to perform specific function or perform particular task and achieve a specific result.
Difference between Software and Program :
|Software’s are mainly dependent on operating system.||Programs are mainly dependent on compiler.|
|Various categories of software includes application software, system software, computer programming tools, etc.||There are no such categories of program.|
|Size of software generally ranges from megabytes (Mb) to gigabytes (Gb).||Size of program generally ranges from kilobytes (Kb) to megabytes (Mb).|
|Software’s are usually developed by people having expert knowledge and experience as well as are trained in developing software and are also referred to as software developers.||Programs are usually developed by person who is beginner and have no prior experience.|
|Software’s can be a program that generally runs on computer.||Programs cannot be a software.|
|If software’s are not present in computers, then computer is useless.||If programs are not present in computer, then also computer can function well because of operating system.|
|Software’s can be downloaded on computer using internet without any need of program.||Program cannot run on computer without any software present in computer.|
|Features of software includes security, safety, dependability, correctness, etc.||Features of program includes reliable, cost effectiveness, maintainability, profitability, etc.|
|It requires more time to create software than program.||It requires less time to create program than software.|
|Examples of software includes Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, etc.||Examples of program includes Web browsers, word processors, video games, etc.|