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A platform is

the foundation technology of a computer system. Typically, it is a specific combination of hardware and operating system.[1]
[t]he hardware and systems software on which applications software is developed or installed and operated.[2]
the digital layer that allows business partners to connect and interact from any applications or devices. Through the technology platform, each player in the value network becomes part of a digital ecosystem.[3]
a general descriptor for the type of device and the device's operating system, such as an Android phone or Windows tablet.[4]


Examples of platforms are the IBM-PC and Apple computers. Today, versions of software must be specially prepared for each platform, since many existing platforms are incompatible with one another.


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