Microsoft Word vs Pages

In this comparison of Microsoft Word vs Pages, we’ll show you the basic requirements and features of both programs. We’ll give you a side-by-side look at the programs and give you a picture of what reviewers are saying about the latest trends for each. Before we wrap it up, we’ll highlight just a few of the noteworthy features writers will love. We’ll wrap up this article with a summary of our final thoughts and recommendations.

Word 2016 vs Pages

As we go through our comparison, we’ll answer a few of your common questions about Word versus Pages:

  • Is Pages available for Windows or PC?
  • Can I get Microsoft Word on my Mac?
  • Is Pages compatible with Word?
  • What Does MS Word cost?
  • Is Pages Free?

Pages vs Word: Basics

When it comes to Word vs Pages, Word is developed by Microsoft for Windows PC. Apple developed pages for Mac at a price of $19.99 and iOS devices for $9.99. To use Pages free in the iCloud, you’ll need an Apple ID, but getting one is free and easy, just enter your email address and follow the instructions.

To use MS Word, you can subscribe monthly to Office 365 for $9.99, purchase Word or Office 2016 ($149-$230), or use a very limited version of Word Online free. Pages is available free via iCloud for PC users.

Pages vs Word: New Features in 2017

With the release of the new version of Pages and the improvements to iWork and the iCloud, collaboration and sharing with Pages has never been easier. Apple Pages has finally found a way to bring Mac, PC, and iOS users together to share and collaborate on their documents regardless of the device they use.

Users can create a document in MS Word or Pages and upload it to the iCloud where it can then be edited by either PC or Mac users and then ultimately saved as a Pages file. Files that will need edited and then opened by a Word users can simply be exported to a Microsoft Office file format such as .doc or .docx. Pages also supports many other file formats including PDF or even an .ePub file for publishing. Word does offer multiple formats for saving but real-time collaboration has been a bit more problematic.

For a detailed video on how to export a Pages file to Word or PDF, and share files with others, see the video below on “How to Export a Pages file to Word or PDF”

Word vs Pages: Side-by-Side

For those who are MS Word power users, you may find the simplicity of Apple Pages a bit disconcerting. But for those who use MS Word every day without taking the time to learn some of the more advanced features, or those looking for a minimalistic interface, Pages might be a refreshing change of pace.

There’s no more need to fight endlessly with the automatic numbering of Word’s list feature when you can do this task quickly and easily in Pages using the Format Window. Inserting a table and then modifying it is a piece of cake in Pages, something that somehow seemed to be endlessly frustrating in Word.

I’ve used MS Word for going on twenty years now, and I must admit there are still some features I find extremely frustrating to use, especially when it comes to modifying templates, charts, and tables. I can make it do what I want but only after repeated attempts. I was able to quickly figure out and use many of these features in Pages. That’s a huge plus for anyone looking to make the switch from Word to Pages.

The Format Window in Pages is one feature that I absolutely love. The Format Window shows you different options depending on what you have highlighted in your document. If you are working with text, you’ll see formatting available for text. If you’re working with images, tables, or charts, you’ll automatically see formatting options available for those elements. No need to hunt through the Ribbon like in Word looking for the tool you need.

Word versus Pages 5.6.1: What Reviewers Say

Reviewers rave about the fantastic integration between OS X and iOS in Pages. The newest version of Pages 5.6.1 is faster and has improved compatibility with Microsoft Office. The strength of Pages is in its collaboration features. Because the iWork suite is now available for the PC using iCloud, this means that PC and Mac and even iOS users can collaborate on a document effortlessly by using Pages in the iCloud.

MS Word 2016 wins out when it comes to its built-in spelling checker and word count and other features, but the free version of Word Online is stripped of many of these. Word 2016 is a powerful word processing tool, but reviewers find it difficult to make a case for Microsoft’s price structure and licensing fees.

Word vs Pages: For Writers

Pages vs Word

Writers will love Pages for its collaboration capabilities and easy learning curve. Both Pages and Word have the find and replace feature so helpful for making changes throughout a document such as character name or location spelling. Both Pages and Word 2016 have the ability to track word count and other document statistics that a writer will find helpful for increasing productivity.

Writers will find Pages minimalistic interface better for distraction-free writing sessions. If the advanced formatting for elements such as headers, page numbers, table of contents, and footnotes mystified you in Word, this Pages 101 tutorial demonstrates just how worry-free it all can be.

Summary: Pages vs Word

Even as a long-time Word user, when it comes to Pages vs Word, I must admit Pages wins out in so many areas. Many of the frustrations I’ve had with using Word’s more advanced features just simply isn’t an issue in Pages. If you’re a writer in the market for a new word processor to kick start your writing in 2017 and you aren’t required to do a ton of collaboration with users of MS Word, give Pages a try.

One thought on “Microsoft Word vs Pages: The Ultimate Word Processing Battle”

  1. I wish more collaborators in the writing world would get a clue and adopt Pages as the default format, or at least integrate Pages into their workflow. I live to see the day when Microsoft must make Word compatible for Pages! It’s so much more efficient to use—especially from a writer’s standpoint. Hurray! for .rtf support in Pages.

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