soft·​ware | \ ˈsȯft-ˌwer \

Definition of software

: something used or associated with and usually contrasted with hardware: such as
a : programs for a computer accounting software
b dated : the entire set of programs, procedures, and related documentation associated with a mechanical or electronic system and especially a computer system
c : materials for use with audiovisual equipment … television programs, music, and movies are now called software, by the way …— Robert Bixby

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Clock speeds have begun topping out between 4GHz to 5GHz, and the emphasis has shifted to additional cores—which software developers still struggle to fully use—and lower power, part of which is a component of process technology. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel makes Bob Swan its permanent CEO, maintaining a slow, steady course away from the PC," 31 Jan. 2019 According to Glassdoor, the average base salary of an Amazon software developer is around $113,000 a year (though Amazon says many of the salaries will be more like $150,000). Lisa Selin Davis, Curbed, "Amazon’s New York City move is bad for the city—and for Amazon’s employees," 20 Nov. 2018 Numerous companies provide similar applications, software and services as those on which Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn plan to work together. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn plan to collaborate on developing new technology for health care," 12 July 2018 PillPack uses software and robots to deliver medicines in presorted packets to patients across the country that take multiple medicines. Casey Ross, STAT, "As Atul Gawande steps into a risky health CEO role, here are five challenges he faces," 9 July 2018 These statement-making Bluetooth headphones are also compatible with both Apple and Android devices—including Siri and Google Assistant softwares, respectively. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Louis Vuitton Debuts Wireless Headphones," 22 Jan. 2019 Dorsey tweeted that Square would likely be taxed at disproportionately higher rate of total revenue than software companies like Salesforce. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "San Francisco has passed a first-of-its-kind tax on big businesses — like Square and Stripe — to help the homeless," 7 Nov. 2018 The princess has bounced around from a few jobs in recent years, working briefly at venture capital firm Sandbridge and later software company Afiniti, where her LinkedIn currently lists her as Vice President, Partnerships & Strategy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "These Princess Beatrice Facts Prove She's One Interesting Royal," 12 Oct. 2018 Veteran Dorothy Gasque, business executive David McDevitt, and software company founder Martin Hash are also on the docket. Li Zhou, Vox, "Every August 7 primary election you should know about, briefly explained," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of software

1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of software

: the programs that run on a computer and perform certain functions


soft·​ware | \ ˈsȯft-ˌwer \

Kids Definition of software

: the programs and related information used by a computer

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