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The Necessity Of Microsoft Office Formats

I love iWork. But it just doesn’t suffice for school and work. As much as I hate to say it, Microsoft Office is practically a necessity. Most businesses and schools use Windows PCs due to the low hardware cost. So, they use Microsoft Office. At least 90% of businesses and schools use Microsoft Office. It's the de facto standard in business and school. If you want to send someone a document, you'll most likely have to send it in Microsoft Office format. If you use a word processor which doesn’t natively use Word format, it’s simply too easy to accidentally send someone a document in a proprietary format. You could send it to them in iWork format, but you'll likely get a response from them saying "I can't open it". .You can't function in business without Microsoft Office because everyone else is using it.

You can use Pages and convert to Word. That's what I've been doing for the past few years. The only problem with doing that is that the Word version won't look exactly the same as the Pages version. For example, a space or an indent might be lost or added, or a picture might be moved. This is true of any word processor which uses a proprietary format. It’s much better to be able to use a word processor which uses Microsoft Word format natively. TextEdit, which comes with your Mac, and LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) both accomplish this task.

Lately, I've been using TextEdit and LibreOffice whenever I need to create a Word document. I'm not sure if LibreOffice's formatting sticks when a document created with it is viewed in Word, but it's considerably more likely to because it can actually work with Word format natively. 

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