1. Samuel Ellicott's Avatar
    Hello I've only ever used Microsoft Word before and considering getting a Macbook for Uni. Would I benefit paying for Word or is Pages similar. I will only be writing essays and maybe a PowerPoint presentation. Will I be able to put my files on a USB stick and open them on word at uni? Or email them and open them on the college network? Please help
    07-17-2014 12:32 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    In my opinion, they are quite similar, and you can always opt to save files in .doc or .docx format if you'd like. In regard to your other question, the answer is yes.
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    07-17-2014 12:41 PM
  3. UJ95x's Avatar
    I bought a Macbook Pro for college as well, and I was waiting until fall when I can get it for free. I have heard though that Microsoft Word isn't very good on OS X in comparison to Windows. I'd suggest using Pages and then converting it to a Word.docx if necessary.

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    07-17-2014 09:50 PM
  4. Trees's Avatar
    I second 'D and UJ95x's advice. You can start with Pages and Keynote (free with the Mac), and "save as" if needed into other formats.

    OpenOffice Apache OpenOffice for MacOS X or LibreOffice LibreOffice Fresh | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Fun Project - Fantastic People may also be options to consider.
    07-17-2014 10:19 PM
  5. PatriciaAnderson's Avatar
    In my opinion they are very similar! However I always recommend to my friends to use Word as it is universal. In most offices I've worked at Word is already installed so familiarizing yourself with Word is recommended.
    09-16-2014 02:37 PM
  6. pkacd1981's Avatar
    Word. It needs an update badly but I've seen several issues with .pages converted files when trying to open them in Windows Word. Strange things like super small text and words being joined together when they originally weren't.
    12-03-2014 05:10 PM
  7. Algus's Avatar
    It's hard to escape Microsoft Office. Even if you prefer another word processor and save to a word format, it is usually a good idea to double check how the formatting was saved in Word itself as other processors can and will jumble things up when they convert. if you're only providing a paper copy it is no big deal but if you're providing an electronic copy, which many instructors now expect, it can be very annoying.
    12-03-2014 06:43 PM
  8. jclisenby's Avatar
    I would recommend trying Pages and seeing what you think. If you don't like it or have issues, you can always download Word. I would check with your university and see if you can get a free or reduced price download of the Student version of Microsoft Office. I know I was able to get that from my school.

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    12-03-2014 07:00 PM

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