a computer program <vs> a piece of software

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Dear all,

Can you refer to each of Microsoft Word or Excel installed on a computer as "a computer program" or "a piece of software"?

Thank you in advance.
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    They are both. You can also call each of them an application or a package. The one thing you may not do is call either of them "a software."

    (They do not have to be installed on a computer to be called by these names. They are programs, applications, etc., even if they are on a CD-ROM and have not yet been installed. Installing them does not change what they are.)
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