New iMac. I'm conflicted as to which program to buy for daily word processing, iWork or Microsoft Office for Mac? I'm used to working in 'WORD"

  • Asked by Judy L from Gulfport
  • Jan 29, 2011
Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011

Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011

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    Let me throw it out there for you. I own both Microsoft Word and iWork. I started out with just iWork when I got my iMac, and then I ended up purchasing Microsoft Word down the line. After using both programs, I like using iWork so much better than Microsoft Word. Pages is a far better program than word, it is easier to use, has better templates, and just the overall interface of the program. And keynote is way better than PowerPoint for the same reason that Pages is better. The only reason that I ended up buying Microsoft Word was iWorks spreadsheet program, Numbers. I was an engineering student, and I used spreadsheets a lot, and Numbers just didn't cut it. Microsoft Excel had statistical packs for data analyzation that Numbers just didn't have. Numbers is alright for basic spreadsheets, but not for the advanced stuff that I needed. So if you are not going to be doing a lot of spreadsheets, hands down get iWork. Plus, if you go on Mac's App store, you can Pages, Numbers, and Keynote separately for a smaller price, and then you don't have to buy the whole suite if you don't need it. But hands down, I would go with iWork.

    • Answered by Jordan B from Reedsville
    • Feb 3, 2011
  • Start with the cheaper IWork. As an MS Office user, it's easy to follow, has most features that the average user requires, and is fully compatible. Personally, I prefer Excel over Numbers, but it depends on what you really use it for. Office for MAC is overpriced, but offers a greater degree of familiarity.

    • Answered by Jurgen S from Milford
    • Jan 31, 2011