How does iWorks compare to MS Office?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ChitoCrisis, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. ChitoCrisis macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    I've never used iWorks and I'm excited that I can download it for free. I'm currently at work so I haven't been able to download and install the apps, but how does it compare to MS Office? In the past few years, I have used MS Office and Open Office. But mainly the latter. I had been looking for a replacement for OpenOffice because and luckily for me, I can download iWorks as a new iMac owner.
  2. MauerFan macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    Apparently the updated version is pretty terrible.
  3. ctucci macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    Yer Mom's basement.
    It's pretty but..

    The parts of iWork I use are Pages and Numbers. They are ok for general purposes, but if you're a moderate to heavy user of Excel, for instance, you probably will miss several important features. Things like pivot tables, etc.

    But free is good!
  4. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    Only free if you have a previous version or buy a new Mac/iPhone/iPad.
  5. MauerFan macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    If you buy a new Mac/iOS device/previously had iWork. :p
  6. JoeRito macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2012
    New England, USA
    Excel and Access are the tools that are toughest to replace. IWorks is getting better and does a nice job, but heavy data crunchers still need Excel and Access. Apart from this type of user, the iWorks suite is easy to use and ever more compatible with office applications.

    Personally, any word processor works for me and my company. We need Excel to continue to use legacy macros and vba automation in our more complicated spreadsheets, but for everyday spreadsheets or for executive reports or Board reporting, the spreadsheets are typically more straightforward with simple cross tabs of data and a chart or two along with some narrative. Numbers can generate these and output to Excel or .pdf. Keynote is an excellent PowerPoint replacement. Again, nothing can replace Access and that's probably the reason MS won't make a Mac version.
  7. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    Loved loved loved iWork 09.
    Ditched office for it.

    iWork 13 is TERRIBLE.
    Back to MS.
  8. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Or just go back to iWork '09? That's what I'm doing.
  9. iLuvMyMacToo macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    I've been using Pages and Numbers since version 2 and have not had to use MS Office since. I especially like Pages. I'm not sure why some people don't like the current version 5.0 but I really do like it.
  10. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    They took out a ton of features so documents could have full parity on iOS. And they made several questionable interface design decisions.

    See this thread:

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