Apple’s iWork Software Now FREE

Posted Apr. 20th, 2017 by Daniel J. Cox

Apple announced today that it’s now offering its iWork productivity software to all Mac users for Free. Prior to the blanket free program, some Mac users were required to pay a nominal fee, but now all Mac users have access to my favorite programs at no cost.

Apple executive Phil Shiller talks about iWorks.

I switched over to Apple back in 2003-2004, and like most computer users I too used MS-Office. When I went to Mac I also bought the MS-Office suite for Mac. Over time I began experimenting with Apple’s Pages, and it wasn’t long before I thought, “What in the heck am I paying MS for Office/Word when Pages is so good?” Within six months of switching to Mac I had made the move completely over to all iWork software that includes Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations) and I’ve never looked back. Yes, there are times some people I work with need an MS-Word document and when they do I simply Export my Pages doc in Word format. The window for doing so looks like the screenshot below after clicking on File>Export to>Word.

As you can see above, there are numerous options, Word being one of them. I’ve never had anyone not be able to open the exact document in their Word software and see just what I had written. Once in a great while there might be a font that doesn’t translate over, but it’s never a big deal.

Two other pieces of software that have also gone to free are Garage Band and iMovie. All amazing programs and now completely free to all Mac users. Nice job Apple.

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