On a basic level, an application is the action of putting something into operation. A good example is a canvas made for painting. In order to use a canvas for its intended purpose (put it into operation) a person applies paint to it. Speaking in computer terms, the canvas would be called a platform and the painting on it would be an application. Today this word is commonly used to refer to computer (or phone) applications. An example of a common modern computer platform is Windows 10. Common applications for Windows 10 are Microsoft Word, Photoshop, and Google Chrome. A common cell phone platform is Android, common applications for this platform include Instagram, Whatsapp, and Google Maps. Applications are how we put our technology to use. The most popular applications for Bitcoin are as a digital currency or as a digital store of value.