Apple today updated its Mac and iOS productivity apps (aka iWork), making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free.
This is fantastic news for those of us who use Pages, Keynote, and Numbers every single day in our work and personal lives. These apps are fantastic replacements for the “industry standard” Microsoft Office; the overpriced, overhyped, oversized behemoth that everyone thinks they need, but don’t.
Our entire office of 40 employees get along swimmingly using Apple’s productivity software trifecta of Pages, Keynote, and Numbers in place of the shitastic Microsoft Office. Each app opens and saves in their respective Microsoft file format if necessary. Pages opens and saves Word documents, Keynote opens and saves PowerPoint documents, and Numbers opens and saves Excel documents.
iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free. Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.