Is iWork for Mac on life support?

Apple's iWork 9.3 update shows that the company has all but abandoned its Mac office suite. Has Apple's office suite become a life support system for iOS?

iWork 9.3 - Is Apple's desktop office suite on life support?

With the exception of a few changes to add support for iCloud, Apple hasn't given its iWork office suite too much attention since its release in 2009 - at least on the desktop, anyway. 

Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS ($9.99 each from the App Store) each got a significant update today. But on the desktop, the anemic iWork Update 9.3, also released today, adds support for Apple's iWork 1.7 iOS apps -- and not much else. 

Apple's iWork apps for iOS are actively being developed with snazzy features like:

  • Change tracking and roundtripping of changes (Pages)
  • Import and export spreadsheets with filters, and turn filters on and off (Numbers)
  • Support for various PowerPoint and Keynote slide sizes, presentation themes, master slides and preset styles (Keynote)

...but iWork '09 for the Mac only gets an occasional me-too upgrade with support for new iOS features. That's lame. If Apple's going to provide a true alternative to Microsoft Office and Google Docs/Drive, it needs to update its desktop office suite more than every four years.

What Office suite do you use on the Mac?

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