Apple makes iWork free, spices it up with jabs at Microsoft

Apple makes iWork free, spices it up with jabs at Microsoft
After making its entertainment and media app suite, iLife free, Apple goes on with the spree by making its office suite, iWork, free as well. Pages, Numbers and Keynote have all been update with support for online collaboration via iCloud and are getting a price cut down from $9.99 to zero on new devices.

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!

source: Apple

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16 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 1089; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

hahahaha Apple getting all aggressive lol.

3. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

OS X 10 download link is now public on Apple's website but currently unavailable on the App Store.

7. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Now available in the App Store! :D

8. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Yep, downloading!!

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So what does MS do next? Scroopple.com as new site for marketing?

5. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 259; Member since: May 27, 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. Win.

12. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

14. grayscale

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Lol. iWork has nothing against Office.

15. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 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: Jul 06, 2013

Considering that mac laptops are expensive in stark contrast to the majority of windows devices... They kinda have to make iwork free....

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