Jan 07, 2013

What's the difference between "software" and "client"?

I see the two terms software and client used interchangeably pretty often. This may be a stupid question, but are they actually synonymous, or when the term client is used, is it referring to a specific type of software?

Here's a good over view of clients in computing:

Client (computing)

"A client is a piece of computer hardware or software that accesses a service made available by a server. The server is often (but not always) on another computer system, in which case the client accesses the service by way of a network.[1]"

Well, one was a book by John Grisham....

It is more accurately a type of software that connects to a service provider in the client/server model. Outlook, for example, uses the services of Exchange Online, so Outlook is the client, and Exchange Online is the server.

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