Is iPad's page fully compatible with Microsoft Word?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by hajime, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. I have Page on my MBP. Although it is claimed that Page can import Microsoft Word documents, I found that it is not fully compatible. For example, after importing a Word document into Page, the layout are different. I am considering to buy an iPad so that I can fill in some forms or modify documents (in Word) on the bus for long trips. Of course, it would be the best if Word can be run on iPad. If the iPad version of Page is not fully compatible with Word, then I need to think twice.
  2. pscraig macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    I think you've answered your own question here, and even demonstrated the issue for yourself. Pages is a useful program but even on my Mac desktop, Pages does not import every nuance of Word files, particularly more complex files with forms, or tables and charts in my case.

    So as you say, you might want to think twice.

    Personally I think Microsoft is missing a tremendous opportunity by not making iPad apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  3. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    I run DocsToGo on my iPad and it seems to be pretty compatible with MS Word, but I don't really do anything too complex. if you have a link to an example document, i'd be happy to load it up and see if there are any problems.
  4. georgee2face macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    +1 I have used them both. DocsToGo loses less format, but even it gets "confused" with a complex page
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Even if they did it wouldn't solve the compatibility problem with complex formatting, considering even different versions of Word have problems with complex formatting. It'd probably be better than Pages, though.

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