Google Docs vs iWork

Google Docs
Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Google Docs alternative, pay attention to ONLYOFFICE.
iWork has always been the best way to be productive on the Mac. And iWork for iOS made it easy to create beautiful documents on iPad and iPhone. With iWork for iCloud we’re bringing Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to the web — on Mac and PC. And thanks to iCloud, your work is always up to date on all your devices. It’s easy to work with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. iWork alternative for PC is Office 365.
Comparing Google Docs vs iWork is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Google Docs has better video than iWork

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like iWork has more user-friendly interface than Google Docs because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Google Docs is more popular than iWork

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Google updates Docs with new collaboration features (in 2017)
- Apple makes iWork free (in 2017)
- Google Docs now let you create custom templates (in 2016)
- G Suite adds some intelligence to Docs (in 2016)
- Apple iWork adds real-time collaboration (in 2016)
- Apple makes iWork for iCloud beta free on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS (in 2015)
- Google Docs for iPhone/iPad now can edit MS Office files (in 2014)
- Google Docs allows to edit MS Office files without conversion (in 2014)
- Google to discontinue QuickOffice for Android, iOS (in 2014)
- Google launched standalone Docs and Spreadsheets for iOS and Android (in 2014)

Looks like Google Docs was recently more active than iWork (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Google Docs and iWork meet head to head:

2015 - Apple makes iWork for iCloud beta free on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS. Google Docs is in panic

From now anyone can sign up for and use Apple’s iWork for iCloud, even if they don’t have a Mac or iOS device. The open access is actually in beta, so to use it, you’ll have to head over to Previously, if you visited the beta site for iCloud, you had to do so from Apple hardware to create a new Apple ID. The key change here is that now you don’t need a Mac, iPhone or iPad to create that ID, which is your golden ticket to the iWork suite of Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Browsing to the iCloud beta site from a Microsoft Windows PC, Linux box, or Google Chromebook, for example, now lets you create your Apple ID, which can be any valid email address. Signing up for the Apple ID from non-Apple hardware will also net you 1GB of free iCloud storage for documents and data.

2014 - Google, Microsoft and Apple refreshed their online office apps

These are not very important updates, but we thought why not remind you once again that online office apps exist, develop and you may well use them instead of paid Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So, Google updated its spreadsheets (watch video above). Now they work faster, even with a very-very large documents. There are new filters and functions, as well as the ability to work offline in the Chrome browser (just like it works for text documents and presentations). As for Microsoft, they mainly worked to redesign their Office Web Apps. The interface became more flat (like in and more comfortable thanks to the updated toolbar. And the notebook app OneNote for Android has become like Evernote (watch video below):

The biggest new addition in Apple's cloud iWork - is document password protection. The passwords are compatible with Microsoft Office, so a secured iWork document can be opened in Office without reformatting it, letting users share sensitive information between the platforms. Among the other additions: customizable alignment and spacing guides to Pages, allowing you to rotate, resize and mask objects with various-shaped frames. The app Numbers also added column and rows sorting, as well as the ability to switch to vertical view.

And recall that recently this good company of online office suites was joint by free Teamlab Personal.