Intuitive interface design and easy access to useful features make iWork the best office suite choice on the Mac. Though it lacks some of Microsoft Office's advanced options, iWork '09 is an emerging powerhouse in its own right.
Although Microsoft Office 2007 offers deeper features, particularly for number crunchers, Apple iWork '08 is a strong Mac productivity package and a pleasure to use.
Apple's new iWork software is less than a suite, more than an application, but it may become something greatly useful.
Overall, Apple iWork '06 is a compelling package, though mostly due to Keynote 3. Keynote 3 is a better tool than PowerPoint, and Pages 2 offers some intriguing new features, though professional users will still yearn for Adobe FrameMaker.
Google Docs delivers improved and streamlined user access, but it still offers far fewer features than competing services.
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Apple recently updated its iWork suite of apps and services to include password protecting specific documents.
Not only did Apple ship its latest update to OS X this year, it also gave away iWork for free.
Although not all of the features that were spiked have returned, some of the biggies have, including the customized toolbar.
The company releases an iWork update that adds Google Docs-like collaboration features that Apple announced last month.