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Operating System

An operating system, or sometimes seen abbreviated as OS, is the software that controls your computer and computer software and governs how they work together. The Operating System (OS) may allow you to run many programs at the same time, in which case it may be described as Multi-Tasking Operating Software, for instance Microsoft Windows, Unix or Linux.

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