Ars Technica has posted a preview of Mac Office ’08s Publishing Layout View, a new feature of Word in Mac Office 08 that…well…looks exactly like Pages to me. According to the article’s writer, Publishing Layout View “blows Pages 3 away” – but as easy as Pages 3 is to use, and as great as the projects look when they’re completed….I’m going to have to see that to believe it.
The more I see about Mac Office ’08 – the less I think it’s even necessary. Lots of people think that using Mac Office is going to ensure flawless compatibility with the Windows version of Office – and that just ain’t true. Right now, the Windows and Mac versions of Office are distant cousins at best. They have been developed in completely different ways by completely different teams. There will be flaws in translating documents from time to time, as their have always been, and now – more than ever – Office seems unnecessary.
I would much rather pay the $79 for iWork…but that may be just me.
What do you think?