iWork is #7 in Top 11 Online Office suites
Last updated: December 17, 2019
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.
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#7 in Top 11 Online Office suites
The best alternatives to iWork are: G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, LibreOffice, Zoho
Latest news about iWork
2017. Apple makes iWork free
Apple rolled out updated versions of its iWork suite, making it free for all customers on both platforms. Many customers already had free copies of these apps, as they came free with new Mac or iOS devices. The pricing change, however, removes the requirement to have bought new Apple hardware to get the apps for free. This expands the apps’ reach to anyone using Apple devices, even if they never bought new or are using older devices. iWork is actually a suite of productivity apps — Numbers, Keynote and Pages — meant to rival Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Prior to the price change, the Mac versions of the iWork apps were $19.99 and the iOS versions were $9.99 apiece for those customers who hadn’t bought a new device in the past few years.
2016. Apple iWork adds real-time collaboration
Apple takes on Google Documents with real-time collaboration on iWork documents. The long-awaited feature makes it easier to cooperate and create documents on the fly. Users can collaborate on images, text and everything else across the iWork suite, including on the mac, iPad, iPhone and on the web. All the iWork apps – Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Aimed at students, professional setting and other collaborative efforts, it’s a long overdue addition to Apple’s productivity suite. The updated apps are expected to ship imminently.
2015. Apple makes iWork for iCloud beta free on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
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 beta.icloud.com. 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.
2013. New Free iWork allows to collaborate in real time
Today Apple has introduced new versions of its tablets iPad Air, iPad Mini and laptops MacBook Air, MacBook Pro. As usually, they all become thinner, faster and even slightly cheaper. But there are two more interesting news that were announced at the presentation. First - is that Apple's office suite iWork adds real time collaboration feature. It works via iWork for iCloud, so it allows even interaction between Apple computer and PC. Of course, meanwhile iWork (and in particular its collaboration tools) - are far behind MS Office and Google Docs, but for Apple users it's still a useful thing. Another interesting news - is that Apples's software (including iWork and operating system OS X Mavericks) is now available for free. All Mac OS users can get the latest version of the operating system for free, and if you buy iPhone, iPad or Mac - you get the free iWork. Of course, this can be called innovation, but from the other side - Apple can always include the cost of its software to the price of the hardware.
2013. Apple launches iWork for iCloud
Historically Apple doesn't like to build business applications, but Office - is still an important part of the platform and competitors (Microsoft and Google) got far ahead in this aspect. So Apple decided to fix, perhaps, the main drawback of its office suite - the absence of online version. In June, at the WWDC conference Apple officially introduced iWork for iCloud and now the online apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available to all in the iCloud online accounts (in beta). However, at the moment, these editors can only bring a smile for MS Office and Google Docs users. For example, the text editor Pages even doesn't allow to add tables and spell check works only in English. There are no collaboration tools. But the good news is that you can upload and edit MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents (and formatting sometimes isn't corrupted) and download documents in MS Office formats and PDF.
2011. Apple introduces office suite for iPhone
Apple's office suite iWork has been available on the iPad tablet since its launch last year, but the iPhone owners still had to look for third-party applications to work with their office documents (the most popular office suites for iPhone are Quickoffice and Office²). And in less than two years Apple has adapted its mobile iWork to iPhone's small screen. Traditionally, iWork includes the word processor Pages, the spreadsheets tool Numbers and the presentations app KeyNote. As usual Apple is not trying to expand to the "other" world and compete globally with MS Office and Google Docs. Instead, Apple is trying again to make more money on it's fan-base: each of the 3 mobile iWork apps costs $9.99. In addition, the mobile iWork will only work on the latest models iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (i.e. Apple encourages users to buy the new models). Also, for now the iWork for iPhone can't work with the online office service iWork.com, but it is expected that this feature will be added in a couple of weeks.
2010. 5 ways you can use iPad in your business
Today Steve Jobs introduced iPad - the device that he called the most important thing in his life. And from our side it would be wrong to ignore this event, especially taking into account, that the previous thing (iPhone) now has the significant impact on the mobile business-apps market. While we must admit that iPad - is a very convenient thing for home use and it will make a revolution in e-publishing, but we do not believe that iPad (or other device of such clipboard design) will replace communicators and netbooks from the enterprise environment. We were able to come up with only 5 reasons that can make this $500 device useful for your business: 1. If you often hold business meetings and presentations, this device will make you more cool in the eyes of your client or partner 2. If you often work on the road all day (iPad works 10 hours without recharging, which is longer than any netbook) 3. If you work at home, iPad will allow you to do some work while lying on the sofa 4. If your job requires to enter data while walking around 5. If you sell software or SaaS services, release the version for iPad - this will make some buzz It's also interesting that: - IPad doesn't support Flash - The special mobile iWork office version was developed for iPad - All iPhone applications will work on the iPad