What is the advantages of MS office over iWorks for basic usage? I use Office all the time at work and it has loads of features, however at home I have chosen to use iWorks and Apple Mail instead for a variety of reasons. 1. iWorks launches faster and does not crash as often with an older HDD based Mac. 2. Since my usage at home is basic I see no reason to upgrade my Mac version of Office that I hardly use. 3. I use Numbers for my Budget which does the job and launches faster on my older Mac over Excel. MS Office does have more features that I do not use at home however. Outlook especially is nice but it sometimes has database corruption issues which Apple Mail does not have.