What is the integrated package? Discuss its features and advantages.

Subject Introduction to Computer System
NU Year Set: 2.(d) Marks: 5 Year: 2012

An integrated package is a huge program that contains a word processor, a spreadsheet, a database tool, and other software applications in the same program. (Don't worry if you don't know what a spreadsheet or a database is. We'll get there soon enough!) An integrated application package is kind of like a "Swiss army knife" of software.


The advantages of an integrated package derive from the fact that all the applications are part of the same program, and were written by the same company. It should be relatively easy to use the parts of an integrated package together. These programs tend to be smaller, older versions of larger programs, so they might be less complicated to use. Since they were presumably written together, they should all have the same general menu structure, and similar commands. (The command to save a file would be the same set of keystrokes in all the programs, for example.) Integrated packages are often designed with casual users in mind. This might make them easier to use than more robust programs. The word processor built into an integrated package is probably more powerful than a typical text editor. Integrated packages are often already installed on new computers, so they might not cost you any more than the original purchase price of the computer. The word processor on an integrated package will almost certainly give you some features you would not expect to find on plain text editors.

Common Integrated Packages:

  • Microsoft Works
  • Lotus Works
  • Claris Works


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