iWork and MS Office are both great apps depending on your needs and wants. MS Office is great for people who need to have compatibility with Windows users and iWork is a great addition to the rest of the Mac apps. So the question is, which one should you get? Each has its upsides and downsides, but how do you know which one will be right for you? Well, right off the bat there is a few things you can look at to help you make your decision.
1) Price. iWork comes in at a nice $79.00 whereas MS Office is anywhere between $149.95 and $499.95. They both offer the same apps (text editor, presentation maker, and spreadsheet creator), but iWork is a lot cheaper. However, they both offer free trials to see which one you like, but I imagine the price is enough to turn some away from MS Office.
2) Viruses. Cult of Mac has written a post stating that of 6 viruses in the wild for Mac OS X, 5 of them are exploited through MS Office. As far as I’m concerned, this is enough of a reason to not go with the Microsoft product. I don’t want my machine being more susceptible to attacks from simply editing a text file.
So when the day comes for you to decide between these two apps, which one is it going to be? Have you already made up your mind?