iWork, MS Office for Mac or Windows Office?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WannaApple?, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    Just bought a new macbook...debating with the following choices as I need to go out and buy the software soon. Please tell me which is better:

    1) iWork '08 $79.99
    2) MS Office for Mac $129.99
    3) Install Windows and then install existing copy of MS Office 2007? Free

    My main concerns are being able to open a file that someone sends me via email without having to import it (just want to click it and have it open like in Windows), price, and I dont want to have to reboot the computer to start Windows for Office only when I need it (if this is required). Can someone give me their opinions and which is the best and easiest to use? Will be buying some software tomorrow while I'm out for Black Friday shopping. Thanks!
  2. iGuardian macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2008
    I've tried all of these options, and personally, I really like iWork '08. I do occasionally receive a .doc file but you can get around it easily.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    iWork will let you open Word docs with a click, but you have to export Pages files to .doc. To make them Word compatible. Download the iWork demo and see if you like it.
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i like ms office for mac

    but if costs is an issue maybe get iwork and openoffice
  5. rumourguy macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2008
    hunched over my mac, pathetic loser
    get parallels and you'll be all set.
  6. Applepwns macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    I love iwork 08 but i use MS Office because it is compatible with my school.
  7. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    You have these FREE other options also:
    With Leopard use Quicklook select the file you receive and press the space bar you will get a preview of the file, some don't look good, but it's free.
    Use google docs, there you have a a decent online office suite that allows you to store, share, collaborate, edit, send, office files.
    OpenOffice recently got a good mac version and it works fine

    Parallels desktop will be your 2nd best option if you already have windows and office licenses.
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    ^ Fusion and VirtualBox, the latter being free are good virtualization apps if you have a copy of windows (xp works best) laying around.
  9. vorkorsigan macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008
    i liked openoffice on windows but went with iwork when I moved to Mac as there was no native Mac version then (now available) but I like iwork now and would stay with it.
  10. WannaApple? thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    Thanks for your quick replies everyone :) Just one follow up question:

    I am kind of leaning towards the Windows addition as I have some other expensive software like Corel that I would also like to load, however upon looking up these programs like VMFusion and Parallels, it states that they require 2GB on their own. I bought the small macbook with only 2GB of memory. So, in order to run Windows and OSX would I also have to upgrade the memory? That is definitely not in the budget right now, so if that is the case, I might just have to go for iWork for now.
  11. YMark macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2008
    I'm kind of in the same boat as the OP, except I haven't purchased a Mac yet. This thread is one of the reasons I haven't pulled the trigger.

    I receive a lot of emails that are Power Point presentations, Word docs, and Excel spreadsheets. Normally, they are just for viewing, no editing needed. What is the simplest solution for just opening and viewing files of this type?
  12. Cap41 macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2008

    Grab Openoffice 3..it FREE...it has the ability to open / save in MSoffice format. I'm new to MAC..i do a lot of excel and word. I do it all in OO3 and nobody has a problem receiving these files or opening them...
  13. Bulldog VII macrumors 6502

    Bulldog VII

    Jul 10, 2007
    Not sure if anyone has mentioned Neo-office it's word, excel & power point & it's free!!

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