Do we still need Office apps on our Macs?

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Do we still need Office apps on our Macs?

In a recent Tech Night Owl ( Gene Steinberg questioned whether we still need Office for Mac software.

Some folks, especially in the business world do, but for most end users, Office is no longer a necessity. Many, like me, prefer the simplicity of Pages, Numbers and Keynote to their Office alternatives. Plus, at US$20 a pop, the Apple iWork apps are a lot cheaper than Microsoft's offerings.

"Certainly, Microsoft appears to be running out of ways to make Office more compelling," Steinberg writes. "The most notable change in Office 2013 for Windows is half-hearted support for touch. But it appears to be limited to expanding the ribbons to improve your aim if you choose to activate those functions with your fingers. What a waste!"

However, he points out the fact that "if you work at a company that requires Office, there's no real choice" and, per Pages, "fidelity with Word documents is mixed." Still, I expect the popularity of the native Apple apps to continue to grow (you can now order them as a build-to-order option with a new Mac) and certainly Apple will continue to fine them them.

The day may come sooner than later that we'll no longer need Office on our Macs at all. And I won't miss it.

-- Dennis Sellers

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