(sâft fMn) (n.) Also spelled as softphone, an application that enables a desktop, laptop or workstation computer to function as a telephone via Voice over IP technology that uses the cables of a computer network as the medium for transmitting telephone service. Equipped with a headset or a hand-held device, and using the numbers on the keyboard to dial, the computer with soft phone software can perform the full range of telephone features available through traditional systems, such as teleconferencing and call forwarding. Soft phones typically make use of the computer’s sound card for audio input and output.
Soft phones are typical call centers and other businesses that rely heavily on a combination of computers and telephones.
- soft return
The term return refers to moving to the beginning of the next line in a text document. Word processors utilize two types of returns: hard and soft. In both cases, the return consists of special codes inserted into the document to cause the display screen, printer, or other output device to advance to the next […]
A type of software piracy that occurs when users share their software with other users who are not authorized to have access by the End-User License Agreement (EULA). The most common type of softlifting occurs when a person does legitimately purchase software but installs it onto multiple computers which is a violation of the licensing […]
Short for software switch, a softswitch is an API that is used to bridge a traditional PSTN and VoIP by linking PSTN to IP networks and managing traffic that contains a mixture of voice, fax, data and video. Softswitches are able to process the signaling for all types of packet protocols. Softswitch is a software-based […]
Software means computer instructions or data. Anything that can be stored electronically is software, in contrast to storage devices and display devices which are called hardware. The Difference Between Software and Hardware The terms software and hardware are used as both nouns and adjectives. For example, you can say: “The problem lies in the software,” […]
- software cooling
Often called softcooling, software cooling is a type of computer system cooling that uses software to access the CPU’s power-saving technology. Soft cooling can be used to halt instructions to turn off or standby turn off or put in standby state CPU subparts that aren’t being used or by under clocking the CPU.