Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 10:08 PM (in response to patrickredsox)
Pages is compatible with Word documents, so you can create, view and edit Word documents only with Pages. Then, you have Office for Mac, with Microsoft Word for Mac, if you want > http://www.microsoft.com/mac
The same applies to Numbers and Excel, and Keynote and PowerPoint, but I think that you can't create Excel and PowerPoint documents
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 11:31 PM (in response to patrickredsox)
Pages opens and exports to MsWord.
Numbers opens and exports to Excel.
Keynote opens and exports to PowerPoint.
In each case it mostly works but is not perfect as there are mutual differences. If the documents use common features the conversions are pretty accurate.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 11:20 PM (in response to patrickredsox)
iWork programs are excellent, and I love Pages. But if you need to exchange files regularly with Word users you will be disappointed. There are enough areas of incompatibility that you will find yourself extra work, either to get around them or to beg the forgiveness of those other folks. As much as I'd like to abandon Word for Pages, I would not do it. Too bad, too, but that is the way it is. So my advice would be to bite the bullet and get Office 2011. I have, and I'm not sorry.