How long ago was the first piece of software written? 25 years? 50? Try almost 175. Created by Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (now more approachably known as Ada Lovelace), it was never executed, but Lovelace’s ambitious work earned her a spot in computer programming history.
The foundation she helped build paved the way for computing’s dizzying ascent, and the importance of software in today’s world can’t be overstated. Operating systems are the platform supporting not just our computers, but also our tablets and phones. Backup software helps us feel secure about the many gigabits of data we’re creating, sharing and storing. Database software keeps businesses running smoothly, helping them organize their financials, workflows and everything in between. And that’s just the tip of the software iceberg—other tools include management software, business software, encryption software and virtualization software. Some popular titles include Windows 8, Microsoft Office, Office 365, Adobe Acrobat and SQL Server.
Shopping for software for your business? Our own relationship with software goes back a few years as well—three decades’ worth, to be exact. Whether you're buying new software or looking to upgrade software you already use, you'll find your questions answered by our rich collection of resources, designed for businesses ranging from small to large to not-for-profit:
Software Asset Management; Software License Tracker; Software Licensing Center; Software Licensing 101; Software Licensing Glossary.
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