Apple makes iWork free, spices it up with jabs at Microsoft
And then the jabs at Microsoft began. Apple knows clearly it is starting to shake some of the foundations of Microsoft business and made clear it’s intentional. Microsoft - in stark contrast - sells its office for a whopping $99 a year. Interestingly, online collaboration is the biggest feature in Microsoft’s office and now Apple’s iWork suite gets it as well, but for free.
Of course, Apple has also updated all three apps - Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Pages, the Microsoft Word alternative, has gotten updated looks to fit the new iOS 7 simplistic and clean looks. "What's great about this is that we're not cluttering the screen with a lot of controls," Eddy Cue shot another ballistic missile at Microsoft that’s often been criticized for the heavily cluttered Office. Numbers and Keynote also get the new design.
Finally, all these apps are free with the new Mavericks OS X, and that OS update is free as well. Great news!
1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Funny, the gauntlet has been dropped.
A slap at MS Jewels should get a response, buy I doubt they have rubys to come out.
2. Cyberchum (Posts: 495; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
hahahaha Apple getting all aggressive lol.
3. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
OS X 10 download link is now public on Apple's website but currently unavailable on the App Store.
4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So what does MS do next? Scroopple.com as new site for marketing?
5. Penny (Posts: 1398; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Yes, to Apple, I imagine "controls" and functionality are clutter and should be removed in favor of uselessness. There's a reason why I still use Microsoft Office, even on a MBP.
As far as online collaboration goes, Google Drive is the way to go for me. Even if Microsoft were to make their real-time collaboration as good as Google Drive, it would be less accessible because it requires purchase and installation (their web apps are not really up to par).
9. Penny (Posts: 1398; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
To expand on this a little bit, there is a time and place for simplicity. When you are using productivity software, you do not want a lot of useful options to be obscured or hidden deep within menus. The "clutter" at the top of Microsoft Office (the Ribbon) gives you quick access to so many useful functions. Also, that ribbon is pretty easy to navigate once you've used it, so it's not even a strong point to call it cluttered.
6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4170; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Hoping to pick up my Retina iPad mini in silver and get the entire iWork suite for help with school :) Apple's bringing the heat this year
10. threed61 (Posts: 165; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Free for new devices means not free for 90% of iUsers.
11. Sauce (unregistered)
Still better for iUsers.
Old iPad 2 using Microsoft Office for $99/year. 4 years use = $400
Old iPad using Numbers, Pages, and Keynote ($30 total) is only a one time fee of $30. Over 4 years.
12. Penny (Posts: 1398; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Let's not forget the Surface tablet/Windows 8.1 RT comes with Microsoft Office for free.
Also, if you get the $99 version of office, it comes with 5 licenses. Annual subscriptions are still definitely expensive in the long run, but not quite as bad as you may think.
13. Sauce (unregistered)
To each its power :) All are great programs.
15. djripster (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
Its still probably cheaper to buy a Laptop + Office compared to an MacBook with Free iWork... :S I do like the Macs though
16. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Considering that mac laptops are expensive in stark contrast to the majority of windows devices... They kinda have to make iwork free....