What is the best alternative to Microsoft Office?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by east85, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. east85 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    I've heard that Microsoft Office on the mac is basically sloppily coded and awkward. I'm guessing that there are probably better alternatives out there, maybe third party? What should I be looking at/what would you recommend to me as a student? I've been warned against Office a couple times so hence the reason why I ask.

    It's important for me to be able to use the files as well on a PC, because my college has a lot of them (printing purposes mainly).
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    I have no problems with the new office. In school I wouldn't advise using anything besides Office, just because that is what the universities use and it would be a pain to try and use something different
  3. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2011
    the wire
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I like office but if you don't want it, then take a look at open source - LibreOffice
  5. GGJstudios, Feb 9, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I use MS Office for Mac daily and can tell you it runs perfectly fine. I routinely share files with Windows users and have no problems at all. If you don't want MS Office for some reason, there are many alternatives, such as iWork, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, etc. Searching the forum will reveal dozens of threads discussing these various alternatives and the pros and cons.
  6. east85 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Thanks everyone. I'll stick with office then, if it works well for everyone here it will probably work well for me.
  7. Allan Todd macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2012
    iWork at the office and Google Docs for home work.
  8. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Microsoft made some significant improvements to speed and compatibility with the Windows version of office when it released Office for Mac 2011. I suspect at lot of the 'slow' comments relate mainly to its predecessor Office for Mac 2008.

    iWork, Apple's suite is a little more nimble in use, but it does not have the depth in features that Office has, with the exception of the Presentation package, Keynote. Keynote runs rings round Powerpoint IMO.

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