Once upon a time easy remote computing was a pipe dream, now people routinely carry gigs of data around on flash drivers smaller than a modest pack of chewing gum. Manage your apps and data with these portable application suites.
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A note on the reviews: portable applications suites usually contain dozens and dozens of individual applications. We’ll be unable to list every single one here and we urge you to visit the site of the suite to check out the full application list.
Liberkey (Windows, Free)
PortableApps Suite (Windows, Free)
PortableApps is the Grand Daddy of portable application sites. Between John Haller—the founder of the site—and the dozens of developers, packagers, translators, and the hundreds of people that participate in the forums, the sheer number of people working to polish the PortableApps suite has resulted in a very comprehensive package. The PortableApps suite includes basics like Firefox for browsing and Pidgin for instant messaging but also includes—in the full package—Open Office. You could download all the individual portable components separately of course, but what really ties everything together is the PortableApps menu system. Seen in the screenshot above the menu system is clean, includes a backup utility, and makes organising your portable apps and documents simple.
Portable Linux (Free)
Geek.Menu (Windows, Free)
Lupo PenSuite (Windows, Free)
Lupo PenSuite mashes up a familiar looking menu with a huge offering of applications. Taking a note from the LiberKey school of portable suite production, Lupo PenSuite throws everything at you but the kitchen sink. Need to tinker in the Windows Registry? Lupo PenSuite has 8 applications just for registry editing. You can check out the full app log at this link. If you’re looking for a suite that sports everything from a web browser to a dvd burner and everything in between including security tools and torrent clients, Lupo PenSuite has quite a list of offerings.
Amazed that your favourite didn’t make it? Can’t believe the number of portable application suites out there? Let’s hear about it in the comments.