Is iWork for Mac on life support?

Summary: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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Topics: Apple, Enterprise Software


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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