What is the best alternative to Microsoft Office?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by east85, Feb 9, 2012.

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    east85

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    I've heard that Microsoft Office on the mac is basically sloppily coded and awkward. I'm guessing that there are probably better alternatives out there, maybe third party? What should I be looking at/what would you recommend to me as a student? I've been warned against Office a couple times so hence the reason why I ask.

    It's important for me to be able to use the files as well on a PC, because my college has a lot of them (printing purposes mainly).
     
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    basesloaded190

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    I have no problems with the new office. In school I wouldn't advise using anything besides Office, just because that is what the universities use and it would be a pain to try and use something different
     
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    Pages, Numbers, Keynote
     
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    maflynn

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    I like office but if you don't want it, then take a look at open source - LibreOffice
     
  5. GGJstudios, Feb 9, 2012
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    I use MS Office for Mac daily and can tell you it runs perfectly fine. I routinely share files with Windows users and have no problems at all. If you don't want MS Office for some reason, there are many alternatives, such as iWork, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, etc. Searching the forum will reveal dozens of threads discussing these various alternatives and the pros and cons.
     
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    east85

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    Thanks everyone. I'll stick with office then, if it works well for everyone here it will probably work well for me.
     
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    iWork at the office and Google Docs for home work.
     
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    James Craner

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    Microsoft made some significant improvements to speed and compatibility with the Windows version of office when it released Office for Mac 2011. I suspect at lot of the 'slow' comments relate mainly to its predecessor Office for Mac 2008.

    iWork, Apple's suite is a little more nimble in use, but it does not have the depth in features that Office has, with the exception of the Presentation package, Keynote. Keynote runs rings round Powerpoint IMO.
     

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