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What do you call the stuff on your laptop/desktop computer that has an icon, you click it, and it opens a window?

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Oops, poll from Twitter.

What do you call the stuff on your laptop/desktop computer that has an icon, you click it, and it opens a window?

@cassidyjames web interface to iot smart home device that can open a window

@cassidyjames Program, Application or Game
Main distinction to me is:
I do something with it, like Photoshop -> it's a program
It does something simple for me, like convert video files -> it's an application
It's a game, like Diablo -> it's a game

@gaeel @cassidyjames That's kind of a strange way to differentiate: I guess the common understanding of the word app/application is based on the 'smartphone application' which is usually just a tiny program that consumes data. However, everything you just mentioned is a program.

I'd explain it with subtype Polymorphism:

Program is an Interface, game is a subtype of that interface. Application, well, I guess I'd say it's a program that has a user facing interface.

@cassidyjames apparently the poll is already closed, but I call it a shortcut (as that is what Microsoft called it since I think Windows 95)

@cassidyjames Usually "app", but I rarely feel a need to refer to the general concept.

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