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Microsoft Office 2011 vs iWork – Download Best Office Solution For Your Mac


Microsoft Office 2011 and iWork are pretty much any Mac user’s top choices when it comes down to what office suite they prefer and use. Each comes with its own characteristic, which we will look over in this comparison, too see if people are better off going with the free iWork suite they get when they buy a new Mac for free, or if the Microsoft Office 2011 suite is worth the extra money.


Both suites come with several programs and features that are essentially the backbone of their service. The Apple iWork comes with programs like Keynote, for when you need to plan and give a presentation Numbers, for your spreadsheets, and Pages for general desktop publishing.

On the other hand, Microsoft Office 2011 comes with some programs that most of you are probably more familiar with, such as Word for desktop publishing, PowerPoint for presentations, Excel for your spreadsheets and Outlook for your contacts/email/information.

The Keynote program has the edge on Microsoft’s PowerPoint through the fact that it offers a better design with cleaner lines that are more appealing. Other than that however, the PowerPoint program comes with more features, and so do the rest of Microsoft Office’s programs, in comparison with the iWork suite, which can’t really compare with the features included in its competitor’s office solution.

User Interface

The user interface is one of the main differences between the two, and has a lot to do with the fact that they offer different levels of complexity. While the iWord suite comes with a clean appearance that only includes one toolbar and a sidebar that changes based on the user’s content, Microsoft Office’s programs come with complex toolbars that are grouped into tabs, and each tab opens up a brand new set of functions you can play around with, so it’s safe to say that those more experienced and in search of more functionality can definitely choose the Office suite, while the beginners and those who aren’t using office suites that often, can choose iWork for its simplicity. Some elements from iWork require learning as well, but if you’re going with Microsoft Office, you’ll have to spend way more time figuring out everything it has o offer.


In terms of portability, Apple’s iWork is the winner, hands down. It simply covers more ground and offers better services as it allows users not only to sync files to the cloud service, but also take their documents and open them on iPads or iPhones, as they see fit. This means that you can take your work with you on the road, and use your gadget, or even the online version of iWork’s apps. The same thing can’t be said about Microsoft Office 2011 which does in fact include cloud storing options for OneDrive, but doesn’t put the same services at the user’s disposal, as Microsoft Office’s OneDrive integration isn’t even fully developed.


In the end, choosing one of the two proves to be rather simple. It all comes down to what you need from your office suite If you are what they call a power user and it is imperial that you have all the tools at your disposal, you should probably go with Microsoft Office 2011, although you’ll have to spear quite the pretty penny, but if you’re a light user on a budget, you might want to consider iWork, as it is free for those who buy a new Mac, and offers a more simplistic interface that isn’t as confusing for those just starting out.