A usage question

Subject: A usage question
From: Fred M Jacobson <fred -at- SATURN -dot- BOOLE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 3 May 1993 08:48:08 PDT

Now for something a lot more specific:

> I have found also that educating people about the "behind-the-scenes"
> interactions of one software with another ...
^^^^^^^^^^^^

I seem to be hearing this more and more, but I don't think I've seen it
written before this. I always use "software" as a collective noun or as
an adjective. (I would never say, "I lost my self-control and bought
three softwares for my PC on the way home from work.") Is the above
usage and similar ones, such as "a new software for the Mac," acceptable
in writing? in formal speech? (I don't ask about informal speech, because
there I accept whatever communicates best.)

-Fred Jacobson
Product Center Writer
Boole & Babbage Network Systems
fred -at- boole -dot- com


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