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Ive always wanted to know which was better?? I have iWork '09 on my macbook and I haven't had any problems with it. But I would like to hear your opinions these two similar programs because Im thinking about switching...

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asked Jun 11 '10 at 14:04

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Microsoft Office for better compatability across all systems and websites for upload.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 15:17

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If you're going to be sending a lot of people documents you've created, or if you're going to be doing a lot of presentations, I would go for Office. If you're just reading documents and maybe sending out the occasional spreadsheet or word document, I would go for iWork. True, they are "compatible", but if you're going to be working with PC people, Office is the way to go. And about presentations: yeah, Keynote looks better than Powerpoint, but again, there's always a chance something might not interface or translate over quite right if an Office user watched it. I wouldn't take that chance, especially if it's for an important project.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 16:02

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Yeah, i've heard a lot of the conditional formatting does not process across platforms. "Compatible" is a sailing point for Apple, not a truth. lol

(Feb 21 '12 at 23:39) djmoore711 djmoore711's gravatar image

iWork is better to me, Office just doesn't seems as nice. Keynote is leaps and bounds better than power point. Office seems clunky to me, I have it and use it when I need to.

answered Jun 13 '10 at 06:19

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Microsoft Office is way way better. iWork is so much easier to use and understand. But there is just something about office. I hardly ever use iWork.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 14:08

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iWork is way better from Macs...Microsoft Office is much better for Windows...I tried running Office on an iMac...and it was horrible...I couldn't get anything right on that machine. However, Office is very nice on PC...so, I think it really depends on your preference and Operating System

answered Jun 13 '10 at 08:47

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If you are someone that is on the road and makes presentations fairly often, I recommend using iWork. If you are someone who needs to be compatible with Windows computers, use Microsoft Office.

Both of these applications are very well featured, and it depends on your taste.

iWork has a 30 day trial version if you think that it might help make up your mind.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 14:23

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Ummm thats a good question cuz i never really could decide either...but if i had to chose i would choose microsoft

answered Jun 11 '10 at 15:16

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I have used both, and now only use iWork '09. It's just better in my opinion. The type of presentations I can make with Keynote are far superior to what I could do with PowerPoint.

answered Jun 11 '10 at 17:15

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iWork, it is fully compatibly with Microsoft, but the documents just look better. My pages document impress all my windows using friends, and if they are put on the our touch screen board in the class they look amazing. My Keynote presentations can play through Quicktime on Windows and is always a crowd pleaser.

answered Jun 12 '10 at 00:25

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iWork because it is faster and slicker and in the end its just better.

answered Jun 13 '10 at 08:51

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