This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Guide to enterprise mobile app development and SOA

App is an abbreviated form of the word "application."  An application is a software program  that's designed to perform a specific function directly for the user or, in some cases, for another application program.

Different types of apps include:

Web app - stored on a remote server and delivered over the Internet through a browser interface.

native app - has been developed for use on a particular platform or device.

hybrid app - combines elements of both native and Web applications. Hybrid apps are often mentioned in the context of mobile computing.

killer app - a program that intentionally or unintentionally gets you to buy the system the application runs on.

legacy app - has been inherited from languages, platforms, and techniques earlier than current technology.

This was last updated in November 2011

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