iWork versus MS Office

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Forkjulle, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. Forkjulle macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    I've just ordered my rMBP (first-time Mac buyer) and use Gdocs a lot of the time. Is iWork or MS Office worth buying (for basic to medium usage)?

    If so, then which is better (in your experience) between iWork and Office? Are there pros and cons? Or is it just a personal preference?
  2. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    I've found the main issue with iWork is compatibility with Office. If you need to share documents with Office users you may find that formatting in the iWork document doesn't convert over, or in extreme cases the file doesn't even open.

    Also, if you work in a group setting with multiple people editing documents, Office is the way to go for tracking those changes (or, of course, use Google Docs).

    I've also run into compatibility problems transferring Keynote presentations to PowerPoint.

    If none of the above apply to you, iWork could be sufficient for your needs.

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