General-purpose software refers to computer applications that are not designed for a particular business, industry or department. These applications may, therefore, be adopted and applied by many professionals, including engineers, security analysts, accountants, chemists, medical officers and attorneys.
According to Wikipedia, general-purpose software is widespread and popular because of its horizontal application. Teach-ICT reveals that general-purpose applications are preferred because they are cheap, easily available, have user support and are tested for bugs. They include spreadsheets, word processors, bookkeeping applications, statistics software, graphics packages, communication programs, desktop publishing applications, web-design applications and presentation software. Chicago Tribune notes that general-purpose software contributes to the proliferation of microcomputers.