A platform is simply a Operating System or it may be a combination of both hardware and software. Platform is a combination of hardware and software to run software applications. Here the architecture of computer is a hardware platform and the the software  running on the hardware/architecture is an Operating System which is reffered as software platform.
The mostly used software platforms(operating systems) are Microsoft Windows, Linux/Unix , MAC OS x etc..
And mostly used hardware architecture is X86 and X86-64 CPU’s in general purpose home based Personal computers.

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