Is iWork a true substitute microsoft word.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by yourtoys7, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    My friend wants an ipad but need microsoft word/ excell for business. This way he can add info. and work on it when not around desctop.
    Will iWork work or is there anything else that can/ does work well? Thank you.
  2. deadwalrus macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2011
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  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    No, iWork isn't a really great solution on the iPad as a Word/Excel substitute
    However, you can try DocsToGo for editing documents

    The iPad is really a supplement to a laptop, not a true replacement
    Especially when working with with MS Office docs
  4. mloffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2009
    iWork on an iPad vs. Microsoft Word on a desktop is not a fair comparison.
    But, to answer your question, no.

    The iPad should be good for light writing.
    Anything more complex should be taken elsewhere, IMO.
  5. mizvalorie macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    I have found Pages is a great substitute for Words...however I have heard that numbers is not a great substitute for Excel...
  6. seajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    highly doubtful. None of the iPad office solutions are very robust, especially in terms of special formats in Word docs or in terms of equations/formatting in excel.

    Tell him to upload a typical file to dropbox and go into an Apple store or Best Buy and try it out...I'm pretty sure one of the demos will have the iWork apps loaded on it.
  7. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    It depends on how extensive the edits are. I have had more issues editing office documents on my work laptop which runs windows XP with office 2003, than I have editing the same document with iWork apps on the iPad. But it wasn't painless either.
  8. FSUSem1noles macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    I love the iWork suite, but No, it is not an adequate substitute for Word..
  9. yourtoys7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    It would be on the light side of use. Not a heavy user, but was wondering when he's away if some work can be done.
  10. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    I caught this story on Fast Company today: Hungary Uses iPad for New Constitution:

    So, to answer the OP's question: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are alternatives to Microsoft Office. Many things Office does, such as extensive footnotes, macros and pivot tables, etc. - the iWork suite falls short.

    But if you're a right-wing Hungarian politician, and you need to bang out a new constitution capable of taking your country's shaky democratic institutions into the 21st century - without wasting precious seconds while your laptop boots - it seems it works just fine.

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