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Contributor(s): Clarence Johnson

In computers, the term environment when unqualified usually refers to the combination of hardware and software in a computer . In this usage, the term platform is a synonym. We often tend to think of environment as short for operating system environment , but, with the exception of UNIX -based operating systems, the operating system usually implies an underlying hardware microprocessor that the operating system is designed to run on.

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