Move from Office 2008 to iWork. Any advice?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tejaykay, Nov 9, 2008.


How do you compare iWork to Office 2008?

  1. It is a much better and more stable suite.

    4 vote(s)
  2. It is OK.

    1 vote(s)
  3. It is mediocre at best.

    2 vote(s)
  4. It's not a replacement for Office.

    4 vote(s)
  1. tejaykay macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2008
    I'm so fed up with the speed of the new Office suite. Office 2007 on the PC is a sterling suite and something which even Microsoft haters should be impressed with.

    Office 2008 on the other hand is just terrible. It's pushed me to consider using iWork.

    1. Has anyone else made this move, or more specifically, use Pages on a regular basis to edit and work on '.doc' or '.docx' files?
    2. Is the rest of the iWork suite good at handling other Office files?
    3. Is the iWork suite as complete as Office 2008?

    I'd most likely keep the Office suite installed just in case of unforeseen compatibility issues. I've read the Macworld article, although comprehensive, I'd like to hear from long term users. Thanks all.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    In terms of total compatibility and sharing... no, iWork will not suffice
    For getting the job done, it is a great piece of software

    But if you need to share files, work on Excel spreadsheets, etc. you will most likely find you still need Office. If you can go back to 2004, that may be an option as well. You can try OpenOffice, but even then you are not likely to be totally happy.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    I don't think iWork is as nice to use as Microsoft Office. Not sure exactly why, but the compatibility is a plus for sure.

    I've also been using Office for years... so that could be it. :D

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