Application Service Provider

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Application service provider is a kind of remote software that is accessible through a simple web browser. There would be no need of installing megabytes of software on personal computer; all you need to do is to rent the ASP software that is available elsewhere on the Internet. ASP software can never be really owned, it just can be borrowed for a subscription fee. It can also be defined as a Software as a Service (SaaS).

With a configured web browser and right plugins, users will be able to remote-access the rented software through the Internet. In several cases, the ASP server can be located thousands of kilometers away. But as long as you have Internet connection of high-speed, the distance seems to be irrelevant issue for concern. ASP users save their work to ASP server and perform all their daily software tasks in the web browser interface.

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1. What is 'ASP' (Application Service Provider)?