iWorks vs Office

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by azdmelani, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. azdmelani macrumors member

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    now that I FINALLY have my new mac I need to get software for me to read/use Word/Excel files. The specialist at the Apple store tried to show me the difference and told me Office was better, but for what I need it for (the basics) is it really that different? I need it for school so it's rather important for me to get.

    Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    I have both Office running on my Windows partition, so it isn't Office for Mac, but the real thing. I also have iWork. I prefer using Office. Most people at my school and work use it and it makes life easier plus I like it better.

    There isn't a right answer b/c it just depends on what you prefer.
     
  3. Pieface macrumors newbie

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    If you just want a basic version, then just get OpenOffice, its like Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc, just there isn't as many features.
     
  4. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    You should try out OpenOffice (it's free) and see if that meets your needs as a basic office suite. If not, spring for Microsoft Office for Mac over iWork for maximum compatibility.
     
  5. azdmelani thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks! I didnt know that was an option. Where can i find/download?
     
  6. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    You can download OpenOffice here:
    http://www.openoffice.org/

    They released version 3.0 earlier this week. ;)
     
  7. azdmelani thread starter macrumors member

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