killer app


killer app
n.
• A software application that is particularly useful.
• A technology so compelling that it drives the sales of, or leads to widespread adoption of, related technologies.
Example Citation:
• "Said Julian Horwich, executive director of the Chicago Association of Microcomputer Professionals: 'Everybody has only one killer application. The secretary has a word processor. The manager has a spreadsheet."
— Ken Siegmann, "Developers remain optimistic despite sluggish growth of integrated programs," PC Week
• "The original killer app was considered to be Lotus 1-2-3, because it made the IBM-compatible personal computer a must-have item in business.
Most recently, the World Wide Web has been called the killer app for the Internet, making it essential. And the Internet itself has been called a killer app, validating the concept of computer networks."
— " 'Killer app' apt to be nothing really special," The Houston Chronicle
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  • Killer app — Killer application Killer application désigne un programme informatique si attrayant qu il justifie à lui seul, pour de nombreux consommateurs, l achat ou l adoption d un type particulier d ordinateur, de console de jeu, ou de système d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • killer app — UK [ˈkɪlər ˌæp] / US noun [countable] Word forms killer app : singular killer app plural killer apps computing informal killer application: a piece of software that is so popular that it makes many people buy the computer system that it operates… …   English dictionary

  • killer app — a computer application that surpasses its competitors. [1990 95] * * * noun, pl ⋯ apps [count] : an extremely valuable or useful computer program * * * ˌkiller appliˈcation 7 [killer application] (also ˌkiller ˈapp) …   Useful english dictionary

  • killer app — ● ►en /kil l*r ap/ loc. f. ►ARGOT De killer application . Fonction nouvelle et fondamentale d un logiciel qui provoque la migration des utilisateurs de l ancienne version vers la nouvelle, ou d un produit vers un autre. Il a par exemple été dit… …   Dictionnaire d'informatique francophone

  • killer app — kill|er app [ kılər ,æp ] noun count COMPUTING killer application: a piece of software that is so popular that it makes many people use the computer system that it operates on …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • killer app — noun A killer application …   Wiktionary

  • killer app — kill′er app′ n. cmp a computer application that surpasses its competitors • Etymology: 1985–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • killer app — noun Date: 1988 a computer application of such great value or popularity that it assures the success of the technology with which it is associated; broadly a feature or component that in itself makes something worth having or using …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • killer app — a computer application that surpasses its competitors. [1990 95] * * * …   Universalium