It was once, not so long ago, when Apple was in a death sentence from Microsoft. It wasn't for Steve Jobs's next coming, a Microsoft financial investment to keep Federales in check, and loyalty from Mac customers, Apple we know today cannot be.
Time Change. While Apple discovered the technology empowerment, Microsoft slumped together, the content of pushing profits from Windows and Office, wasting money on non-returning non-return advisory investments and letting the iPhone become the future of mobile computing. It was then, and this is now, and Microsoft is pretty sorta mostly back, baby.
To be fair about it, Apple now makes far more money every quarter than Microsoft, which still earns the most revenue from Windows and Office. Ventures in other revenue streams have yielded mixed results, but Microsoft is currently far from Microsoft under Bill Gates or protector Steve Ballmer, who was released a few years ago.
Today, Microsoft's apps can be the best company ever delivered. Windows 1
Even the price is good. Mac users can get Office 365 Business as low as $ 6.99 a month, which includes 1 TB of network storage, plus Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A couple of dollars put Office up to five Macs. All the same programs are also available on iOS.
It is widely known that Mac users are easier on technical support than Windows PC users, as does Mac and iOS versions of Office. Perhaps it's more a reflection of Apple's customers who are more self-sufficient, but it's not a problem lost on administrators and enterprise tech groups who see Mac, iPhone and iPad as cheaper to set up and maintain as their Windows PC counterparts and It also works for Office apps.
Despite the unpleasant Surface Tablet Notebook hybrid communications that pit Apple to apples, Microsoft deserves some kudos to improve the off-Windows Office ecosystem. Read you think I just parroting any Microsoft public relations release, let me tell you that every app Microsoft is still publishing smacks of Windows in appearance and usability. In that regard, not much has changed.
In our school, we use Microsoft Office for reasons of compatibility; especially with Word and Excel. Even the free sites and numbers are not good substitutes for compatibility reasons, although many members of the faculty and staff prefer and use Keynote. My favorite office app on iPhone is Outlook. My other favorite is OneNote. Both are free, but the latter is also free on Mac. They integrate and sync well, but both taste the boxy, over indulgent Windows look.
Microsoft's Office is one of the suite of programs that also has a subscription component. Pay a monthly price (or, annually for a better discount) and get the whole shebang; all Office apps. Adobe has something similar to Creative Cloud, which for a health month price lasts, gives the user access to almost everything the company publishes.
Apple's approach is different. Basic apps are free, included in each device, and usually sync well between devices. Chromebooks work the same way, but apps are web-based and usually less competitive with features, functionality, and capabilities. Then, again, kudos to Microsoft to enhance the Office experience and make it available across the platform while competing with free apps from Apple and Google.
I don't always like to use Microsoft's Office apps, but they work better now than in the past, are updated frequently, and remain competitive.