MS Office for Mac 2011 vs iWork

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by saintforlife, Nov 19, 2011.


Which office suite do you use on your Mac?

  1. MS Office for Mac

    121 vote(s)
  2. iWork

    51 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2011
    Which one do you use? Which is better and more user friendly? When you compare Pages, Numbers and Keynote to Word, Excel and PowerPoint do all three of them stack up well against the respective MS applications? Is the learning curve for iWork steep if you have never used it? Who has made a switch to iWork and been completely happy with it?
  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    iWork is probably more "user friendly" if all you need are basic documents and spreadsheets. Office is much better if you need as much of a guarantee of compatibility as one can expect with others using Office.

    The learning curve for Office and iWork is not particularly steep for basic documents.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I use Pages and Keynote from iWork a lot for my work, however occasionally I would need to export them to ppt/doc for my colleagues to edit and that usually causes problem during the conversion. Other than that, really happy with iWork. Hope they launch a new version soon.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    I use Office, it cuts out the compatibility issue.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2011
    I use a combination of Google Docs (multi-user collaboration is used in the office frequently) + LibreOffice, my only point being I don't think you should limit yourself to these two choice.

    If you held a gun to my head I would choose MS Office...
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Cambridge, UK
    iWork for me. But it does get frustrating that I have to have to export to doc or xls or ppt for my Windows-using colleagues. Sometimes, I even have to open a powerpoint file again in Office and save as pptx otherwise they don't see some graphics.
  7. macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    I use keynote - on an ipad and an MBA, it's more robust and faster to create general business presentations.

    For spreadsheets and docs though I use word and excel.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

    Jan 15, 2011
    Mobile, AL
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    Office for me. Mainly because I need to submit documents for my university essays, and so compatibility is key.
  10. macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2010
    West of England
    Office for me, I had iWork on there but I was getting too many Excel spreadsheets from work that wouldn't open so I had to go with the alternative.
  11. macrumors 68040

    Jul 18, 2011
    Office, as it is used very extensively in my workplace and I cannot risk the inconvenience of possible incompatibility issues.

    That said, I am not very happy with office for mac, as it seems to have some memory management issues (eg: word has a tendency to hang when editing 50+ page documents, not sure what I pressed though, but closing it means all unsaved work is lost). Given an opportunity, I would probably jump ship to iworks right away.
  12. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2011
    I have both but use Microsoft Office for Mac the most. Not having to convert to .doc or .ppt is key, and knowing my teachers can open it and have a better chance of it opening fine is good.
  13. macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Same as most, I use Office because of compatibility with Windows users. Between work and school, I need to be able to end .doc's. Although I really do like Google Docs. We use it a lot at work within my group, because we can share them with one another easily.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pages and Keynote are TOTALLY doing my head in with their exporting to Word and PPT.

    They don't convert well when I'm sending to my manager/colleagues.

    Everything about the 'Duplicate' and not having a 'Save as' features is doing my head in arrrrrrghhh!! Rant.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    MS Office. It is also a very valuable skill if you work in a corporate environment to be an expert in MS Excel and PowerPoint. You get noticed a lot quicker than your peers.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    That is right on target ... not sure about the getting noticed part though ( varies a lot probably ) that you followed it up with.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    When you're the only individual on your team that knows how to do VLOOKUP and pivot tables, you'd be surprised how often your manager comes up to you. I pretty much now only handle special projects assigned to me by my manager and don't do the day to day peon stuff.

    Being an expert in Excel is key in finance. So much so that as much as I love Apple products, I wouldn't waste my time trying to learn Numbers. I'd use that time to get better at Excel.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    I use Office for compatibility reasons like everyone else. I work with a lot of ROI excel spreadsheets and can't risk any formula glitches when jumping from one software program to another.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    office for compatibility and because that's what I've always used in Windows.
  20. jmgregory1, Nov 19, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    Chicago and Spooner (when it's not 20 below)
    Funny how so many people seem to talk about compatibility issues between iWork and Office. I agree that years ago there were issues, but frankly I've seen more issues with Office just not working. One example was a complex ppt presentation that my colleague couldn't get to run on Office. He sent me the file and I ran it perfectly with Keynote.

    I've not had any colleagues mention issues with any exported iWork files I've sent them.

    I also second the suggestion for using other options - as I'm constantly using Google Docs to collaborate with other office colleagues.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Hey Jude

    May 9, 2008
    I use Office 2004, so I shouldn't have voted in this poll. However, for what it is worth I use Office, and have zero experience with iWork.

    Carry on.....;)
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    London, UK
    With Auto Save, Versions, full screen and stuff iWork is now a lot slicker. What I'd really like is for Office and iWork to use the same document formats-so all dock, xlsx and pptx. Then I'd probably switch back to iWork. But while there's compatibility issues, I'll stick with Office. I can save it in the default format and it'll open in Office 2007 or 2010 on Windows at university.
  23. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i typically use Office due to compatibility issues but i use iWork on my iPad when i'm on the go when needed.
  24. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    MS Office. One's designed for home use, one for work use. If I wanted a home use document editor, I'd use TextEdit.
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Maybe I like iWork better on MacBook Air, because it can be maximized. The Office window is too small.

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