What is the difference between hardware and software?
The main difference between hardware and software is that hardware is a physical device something you can touch and see, unlike software cannot be touched or seen. Software is a set of instructions installed on the computer.
Monitors, keyboards and printer are examples of computer hardware. While the operating system, Games and Internet browsers are examples of software. In other words:
- Hardware = computers or peripherals that are part of the computer.
- Software = computer applications that are loaded on a computer.
While hardware and software are often associated only with computers, software currently runs on mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and others.
Hardware and software work together as a team to provide functionality to a computer device. Hardware is generally the bottleneck when trying to speed data transfer, when a software program requires run faster. Therefore, modern hardware that has more capacity is able to run robust programs.