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Software as a service (SaaS)

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Software as a service (SaaS)

Software which is often delivered via a web browser, rather than solely as an installable application and is provided as a subscription (rather than the ‘perpetual licensing’ model which meant paying for new versions of software as it developed). Upgrades are incremental and immediately installed with little downtime or transition to new interfaces. This model requires little computer resources and is more easily managed than locally installed software.

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