swa66 - 12:55 pm on Jul 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
You cannot wean (business) users off of MS office by something that's pretending to be compatible.
You need something like what excel did to Lotus-123, what word did to wordperfect, ... : set the new standard overnight.
And force the industry to switch as a whole.
Yes you can import real MS documents mostly somewhat fine in the free alternatives, depending on how complex the stuff inside is, but when you try to give it back after editing to a MS office user is when the (serious) problems start.
The compatibility (import and export) of iWorks is not what I was referring to (it's medium to poor, never good), but the tool itself has a far better UI, far better user experience and while it does drop most of the needless complexity in the MS suite (that nobody ever uses anyway), it can handle just about any task you throw at it. And it can do loads of things one would want to do in MS office that MS office users have never even dreamt about.
It's not perfect, far from it. But if it were multiplatform and a priority for it's maker to take on the world, this is the only example that I've seen that could do it.
I do use both MS office and iWorks on a daily basis, but I never export/import between them. iWorks is for my stuff that stays with me and/or is shared with a very limited number of people. MS office is for compatibility with the rest of the world. And aside of checking my websites in "that" browser, MS office is the only MSFT product I bought in a heck of a long time.