Application software are available in different forms such as these.
Licensed: A majority of software applications are licensed and not sold. In this case, a user purchases a software license and not the software itself. The vendor allows for the installation of this software on a specific number of machines. Sometimes, the license is limited to a certain number of users. Most software licenses allow you to run the application on only one machine, although you are allowed to copy the software on other machines for backup purposes. Licenses disallow the resale of software.
Sold: As opposed to licensed software, these software are sold to users. You need to purchase this type of software from the vendor in which case, you own a legitimate copy of the software. This allows you to resale the software.
As Freeware: Application software that can be downloaded, used and copied without any restrictions is known as freeware. Generally small programs are released as freeware and are open for use.
As Shareware: These application software can be downloaded but you need to pay some amount for using them. Generally, mid-size software developed by software companies are made available as shareware.
Open Source: Open source software, as their name suggests, are made available with their source code. The code is open for modification and use. People mistake open source software for free. But note that here, ‘free’ refers to the freely available source code, thus making the software open for further development by users.
Needs to be Installed: This is true with many application software; for example spreadsheet software, word processors, data management software, etc. They need to be installed on your computer hard drive for use.
Runs Online: Antivirus software runs online. Similarly, Internet games that you can play online and which don’t need to be downloaded fall under this category.
Application software are of great use in completing individual and organizational tasks, as they have user-friendly features and are easy and interactive to use.