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Apple’s iWork VS Microsoft Office

Apple VS Microsoft. It's the ultimate showdown, as Kipp puts their office software to the test. Who will come out on top?

 

Apple iWork

Why do businesses use Microsoft Office over iWork even though they use Apple computers? Because it’s functional. iWork is all about looks, which is why Keynote is best for presentations, but iWork needs to focus on making sure the job gets done.

Editor's Score 0

Microsoft Office

Microsoft is the best option for businesses because it is focused on what’s important: the work.

Editor's Score 1
 
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Apple iWork

All Apple products can open up iWorks - from iPads to iPhones and iPods.  iWorks can also open Microsoft pages, but there will be alterations because pages will be imported. You have the option to save your work as a Word document in Pages, making it easier to export files to a Microsoft format. Keynote can also open PowerPoint, but not without changes.

Editor's Score 1

Microsoft Office

Microsoft finds opening iWork files quite difficult- but then again, most computers are Microsoft lead. Excel has trouble opening Number files – expects document to be severely altered. It’s a close one, but iWork wins for having a little more flexibility than Microsoft.

Editor's Score 0
 
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Cost
 

Apple iWork

iWork costs a reasonable $79, with discounts for students.

Editor's Score 1

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office starts at $150, which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The more expensive Standard Edition costs $400, and you can update for another $240 – that includes some automator actions and better Microsoft Exchange support, making it useful for business customers.

Editor's Score 0
 
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Apple iWork

At home, iWorks is king. It is easy and fun to use, and it can help unleash your creativity. Pages can be used for formal writing or for your personal documents, and it has lots of funky templates that can be used for making all kinds of invitations and cards.  Keynote is just great to play around with or make videos with, while Numbers is more useful than you think; lots of people use spreadsheets to keep track of bills at home.

Editor's Score 1

Microsoft Office

Microsoft lacks creativity, which is always much appreciated in any living space. Although Word does have templates, they fall short of being as funky as Pages’. There’s no faulting Excel, but if its going to be used for keeping track of bills, then you might as well stick with Numbers because all the other features won’t be used. And there’s no doubt that Keynote is a lot more fun than PowerPoint.

Editor's Score 0
 
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Apple iWork

Keynote has swift transitions, a wide variety of slide themes, great formatting, and so much more. It lets you chose between very different templates once you open the program, and has very sleek and elegant effects. It is also very visual and media based, ensuring that even the most boring of presentations will command attention. Kipp simply loves it- and we’re not the only ones- Al Gore used it for his “An Inconvenient Truth” presentation.

Editor's Score 1

Microsoft Office

PowerPoint is easy to use and can incorporate graphs quite well, but it’s just not good enough. It’s more about quantity than quality, which brings it down. It can play videos and music, but it doesn’t run smoothly. Its range of templates is pretty uniform and boring, and the transitions, well, we’ve seen them all before. There’s a sense of separation between each slide, which really doesn’t help. PowerPoint has a lot of catching up to Keynote to do.

Editor's Score 0
 
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Apple iWork

Numbers is good for beginners and making basic tables. Aside from applying colour schemes and adding summation rows to tables, you can use multiple tables per page. The default table is quite small, as are the charting options. Numbers performs slowly with large data sets even though it supports the same formula commands as Excel and can make sophisticated calculations. Numbers tables undoubtedly look much better than Excel’s - but, Apple loses this  round. This is Apple’s game: to make things look good, which is why Numbers falls behind in this category. More brains over looks please.

Editor's Score 0

Microsoft Office

Excel is better suited for more demanding business, professional and academic uses. Advanced charting and plotting many lines of data simultaneously is one of its best features. It can also handle real scatter plots and curve fittings. But, it only supports a single –albeit infinitely sized- table for each sheet. Excel avoids error with warnings. For example, if you try to drag one cell into another, fully occupied cell, it will tell you, whereas Numbers will just overwrite the information.  Excel is easy to use, able to perform sophisticated calculations, and is totally focused on getting the job done.

Editor's Score 1
 
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Apple iWork

Pages is clearly an Apple product: is clean and simple. It’s got all the basics, and has a wide variety of good-looking effects for formatting, and a bunch of templates that can help with a presentation. They’re a little difficult to access and to apply as they’re very specific (think a lot of opening and closing palettes), but the end result is just beautiful.  Like all Apple products, the main focus is the wow factor on first impression.

Editor's Score 0

Microsoft Office

Although the layout of the program looks chunky, it is much easier to format using Microsoft Word due to all the shortcuts. Even though there’s a smaller range of options for formatting, it has the bare necessities to make your work look professional. For editing pictures, Word definitely has more to offer than Pages. For writing purposes, the program fares well thanks to its straightforward shortcuts that make editing a lot less of a pain.

Editor's Score 1
 
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Apple iWork

Editor's Score 4

Microsoft Office

Editor's Score 3
 
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It may not be the most popular choice in offices, but for sheer sleekness and creativity, Apple is king for Kipp.

 

1 Comment

  1. Orun Bhuiyan on November 30, 2012 11:04 pm

    It’s just “iWork”, no plural necessary. That prominent mistake is a huge hit to the credibility of your opinion, FYI.

    Ouch.

     

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