Office vs iWork

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrmaroon, Feb 14, 2008.

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  1. mrmaroon macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Wahey... a work thread!

    Right, this one's a 2 parter...

    1. Which, in your own own revered opinion, is the better! I only really need word or pages, but certain features, such as referencing are essential... I'm used to the 08/07 layout, but have never used pages... compatibility is also an issue, as my college uses office 08.

    2. The second prong of this, lets face it, horrendously interesting thread is as follows: Where can I find the best price for both. I'm currently in college in blighty, so dont qualify for the HE discount. I can claim the 'ultimate steal' offer, putting it down to £38 something, BUT, and here's a big but, it's windows only! Does anyone know of a similar offer?


  2. mrmaroon thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    wow, quite a compilation..

    And you managed to bleat on about the search function without even using words!

  3. Kiwi616 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    I prefer Office 08 over iWork 08. I frequently use it for labels and have not found this function in Pages. Also compatibility regarding fonts is a always a concern.
  4. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    If you plan on sharing your documents with anyone you need to use office, it is the gold standard and if you try to convert them you will get conversion errors guaranteed.
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    hey mr m -

    If you decide on Pages (iWork '08) then a file that you create can be exported into a word file to pass off to a colleague. Likewise, if you receive a word file, you can open it in Pages. It works well and it's an easy task.

    Pages in iWork is an Apple suite that runs inherently on Apple platform. ms office is...well ms. The cost is reasonable for what you get and you can take it for a free 30 day test spin.

    Hope this helps -GDF
  6. mrmaroon thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    Many thanks! - I was wondering about the compatability! My entire college (save a few imacs in the art studios) is office 07'ed up. I don't often do alot of transferring back and forth, but is opening an xsls(or whatever it happens to be called)file in pages a complex and time consuming job? Or is it just plug 'n' play. I've got no beef with converting to .pdf, but don't fancy the hassle. Also, how streamlined is the whole thing? Does it have most of the functions of word? My history course work requires me to reference like a bitch, so footnoting options are always a help. Also, is 50 odd pound the cheapest available? I can't find a better deal (again, no HE discounts :( )
    thanks in advance
  7. Ryox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2007
    I prefer Office since its what I'm used to and what is most commonly used
  8. IMcD23 macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2007
    Iowa, United States, Earth, Milky Way, . . .
    Office is better for compatibility. iWork for functionality and intigration.
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    What a wonderful thread idea, wish i would have thought about it, and well worth creating 100 of them instead of searching for them in the Mac/Apple Software area.
  10. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I have both iWork and Office 08. I prefer Numbers for my spreadsheets and Keynote but I need Word over Pages. I use Pages to create documents but sometimes when I download a Word document from the web it's not always compatible with Pages. iWork definitely cost less and it's a good suite of apps but you could never go wrong with MS Office. A word of warning it's slow at launching apps, MS promised it would be fast on Intel Macs but it's not at all.

    Yeah, the moderator may move this thread to the software section but this is a good thread.
  11. Crossbone macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    I use both, Word 08 to type papers for school, and Keynote 08 for doing presentations for school, those are really the 2 apps in both suites i use.
  12. mrmaroon thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2008
    1) This is my first post, relax. 101 is better than 100!

    2) Your biting wit and scathing social satire is quite clearly wasted on such cretinous amoebas as myself. Please reserve it for a respected and high - brow journal of opinion and humour. Until then, I bid good day to you sir.
  13. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Or even taking a look at any of the ten recent threads on this topic I linked.
  14. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816


    Sep 8, 2005
    London , UK
    Office 08 is actually quite nice, a lot better than Office 04 in my opinion.

    I use Word 08 for writing documents, but I use Keynote 08 for all my presentations.

    To be honest like others have said Office is the best bet, unless you not sharing your files.
  15. erikistired macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2006
    office for compatibility.
    iwork for usability.
  16. Justinerator macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Redondo Beach, CA

    I personally use iWork though...:D
  17. MKnight macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2007
    Honestly I prefer to have both...sometimes iWork is nicer for things like Keynote and general simplicity and other times I'm using office apps for other things...

    gotta have both :)
  18. forafireescape macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2008
    I've never gotten conversion errors. I love iLife - I use '08.
  19. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    Endnote, which is what most people use for referencing, works with neither Office 2008 nor Pages (any version). Endnote is compatible with Office 2004...
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