Anaconda is a python and R distribution. It aims to provide everything you need (Python-wise) for data science “out of the box”.
- The core Python language
- 100+ Python “packages” (libraries)
- Spyder (IDE/editor – like PyCharm) and Jupyter
conda, Anaconda’s own package manager, used for updating Anaconda and packages
Your course may have recommended it as it comes with these extras but if you don’t need them and are getting on fine with vanilla Python that’s OK too.
Learn more: https://www.anaconda.com/distribution/