Several years ago Microsoft Office was considered the benchmark in office suite software, which is why there were so many questions being asked as to why Office had yet to make it to the iPad. Thankfully, the software is now available to download on Apple’s tablet, but we have to ask if it is too late?
Most iPad owners were not prepared to hang around and wait for Microsoft to come up with the goods, and so looked for alternatives to Office, one of the more popular apps being iWorks. It stands to reason that iWorks would have better performance than Microsoft Office because of it being developed by Apple, and so it would have better iOS integration.
We have come across an Office For iPad vs. iWorks comparison video below, and while it is not as in-depth as we would like, the review does cover the basics, such as main features and difference in price.
You cannot purchase Office for iPad outright, although you can make use of limited features for free. You can open and view Office documents for free, but when you need to edit or create a new document or spread sheet, then you will need to sign up to a monthly subscription, although if you already have an Office 365 subscription, then you can just authorize your iPad.
iWork is a little different because you have to pay for each productivity app, there are three in all, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, which costs $9.99 each, £6.99 if you are in the UK.
If you are looking for a more detailed Office for iPad vs. iWork productivity showdown, then PC World has come up with a comprehensive review of the two suites.
It is not as clear-cut as you would think because while Word outperforms Pages, the likes of Keynote seems to be better than its Microsoft rival.
Out of the two, which would you rather and why, although it is worth remembering that iWork consists of three separate apps?