A software suite is a collection of two or more software titles or programs bundled and sold together. The programs may have correlative features and functionality, or they may be completely different, but share a similar theme.
Example of a software suite
An example of a software suite is Microsoft Office, as it bundles together multiple programs, including the following.
There are other software suites available. Some of the more commonly used and popular examples are listed below.
- Adobe Creative Cloud suite - includes Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign, and more.
- Apple iWork suite - includes Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations).
- CorelDRAW Graphics suite - includes multiple graphics design and editing platforms, and compatibility with graphics from other programs like Adobe Photoshop.
- Google productivity suite - includes Google Docs (word processor), Google Sheets (spreadsheet), Google Slides (presentations), and more.
- OpenOffice suite - includes Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentations), and more.
While each program in a software suite differs in functionality, they are all usually considered productivity software.
Advantages of a software suite
A software suite provides several advantages for users, including the following.
- Lower bundled cost compared to buying each program separately. Some software suites are even free to use, like the Google productivity and OpenOffice suites.
- Developed by the same company, often providing synergy and compatibility of some features between the programs in the suite.
- Similar user interface in each program, reducing the learning curve and improving familiarity.
- More efficient acquisition process by installing all programs at once, instead of one at a time.
- May include additional features or add-on programs not available for purchase separately.