Since moving to the Mac from Windows in 2008, I have been pleasantly surprised by iWork. Pages, Keynote and Numbers are all extremely good programs that offer excellent value. I find using them to be more intuitive than Word or PowerPoint. In particular, I like the fact that you can save files as MS docs. Frankly, who needs MS Office any more?
Actually, I do. Because still, there are things you can do in with Word and Powerpoint that you can't do with equivalent Apple software. The other problem for me is that Windows Office is so ubiquitous that I am too familiar with its overcrowded ribbon and general bloatware features.Though I'd much rather have a pared down piece of software with superbly intuitive controls, I find i like un-intuitive controls but only because i am so used to them.
As things stand, i have installed both MS Office and Apple IWork on my Mac. I flit between them depending on mood. This made me wonder what Apple will do with iWork. Will it update it and give it the same level of ultimate functionality that Office enjoys, or will it leave it?
Personally, I'd love to see Apple bring the two suites even closer together so that the native file formats are the same and so that ultimately the only real difference is the user interface.
Perhaps it would be good if Apple simply bought Microsoft! Not for its Windows operating system, but for Office.
Anyway, what do the good and great here think Apple will do to update iWork if anything at all? And what are its prospects beyond what they are now?