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My friend ask me "what the difference between apps and programs?" and i thought that i knew, but i real don't. So in simple words, what is what the difference between apps and programs?

asked Feb 03 '12 at 19:13

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William Radde

NOTHING an app is a program.

However "app" is generally used as a term for small programs that run on a mobile platform.

answered Feb 03 '12 at 19:20

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App (short for “application”) is a light weight software that perform a very specific task. With the advent of smart phones and tablets , an App typically refers to a software used on a mobile device such as the Android, iPhone, BlackBerry or iPad.

The actual difference between Apps and traditional software program (like MS office, PhotoShop)is the way Apps are published, installed , consumed and the most important – Cost.

Please check the excellent article pointing out the main differences between App and traditional Software Programs : http://extreme-sharepoint.com/2012/10/14/what-are-apps/

answered Oct 14 '12 at 11:17

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An App is an application that can be run on any device like your smartphone like the Iphone, blackberry, Android phone. An app is also an application that runs on a operating system like Mac OSX, Windows or Lunix/Unix environment. Way back in the good old DOS days there applications that had extensions with the .exe or .com extensions on them.

answered Feb 03 '12 at 20:41

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Technically, nothing at all. These are just different terms for software running on a platform. Typically, apps refer to either software running on Mac OS X or a mobile device. A program is typically referred to as software running on Windows.

answered Feb 03 '12 at 21:53

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Same thing An app or program are both the same in either windows or any operating system that your using.

(Feb 04 '12 at 00:50) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

"A program is typically referred to as software running on Windows." - not true in the least bit. windows programs are also called apps, in fact more often then not you hear it called an application, which is just an app but the more formal name for it.

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