Software suites are groups of related programs that interact nearly seamlessly with each other to make certain tasks easier among different programs. The popularity of software suites has only increased in recent years as people have turned more to computing for tasks that used to done without the aid of newer technology. However, as with most types of software, the true value of the programs is in their usage. Not everyone will need a software suite.
The main benefit of software suites is in the integration of some data sets between the programs. While most software will be able to cut and paste different sets of data fairly easily, software suites take it a step further. Often, the data will retain any other information, such as formatting and any other embedded information. While it may not be guaranteed to carry over, it will in most cases. This may be harder to accomplish, if not impossible, among completely non-related programs.
The other benefit of software suites is the cost savings that often come with purchasing the programs in a bundle. To purchase each program individually would likely cost much more. Depending on which suite is used, the programs included can be anywhere from two programs to more than five.
The most common suites are business software suites and Internet security software suites. While they each perform different functions, they tend to work to accomplish a greater goal. Business suites may need reports, which can be written in a word processor, but may also need a slide show, which a presentation program can produce. Internet security software usually focuses on one particular task, such as defending against viruses. Spyware and adware protection, along with a firewall, may call for an entirely different program or set of programs.
The most common and recognizable software suite is the Microsoft Office™ line of products. This will include Microsoft Word™, Microsoft Excel™, Microsoft Outlook™, and Microsoft PowerPoint™ in the most basic form, which is for home and student use. Other versions, such as Microsoft Office Small Business™, and Microsoft Office Pro™, will include additional programs.
It should be noted that while purchasing the software titles bundled in a suite is a much more cost effective method than purchasing them individually, they may not all be needed. Instead of buying something you may not need, carefully consider what you will need and whether purchase one or two titles individually may make more sense economically. In most cases, all titles in a software suite are usually available separately.