“In the tech world, three years is an eternity, so it may come as a surprise to realize that Apple’s own office productivity suite, iWork ’09, was first released in January of that year,” Gene Steinberg writes for Tech Night Owl. “Since then, there have been a few maintenance updates, and the latest versions of the three apps that make up the suite, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, are fully compatible with Mountain Lion’s Auto Save, Version and full screen features. Microsoft remains behind the curve, having apparently forgotten the promise to make Office 2011 compatible with Lion that was made last year.”

“Now that an app doesn’t receive a major upgrade doesn’t make it less usable. Some prefer older versions of Microsoft Office, for example, simply because they aren’t quite as bloated with useless features,” Steinberg writes. “I have one client, who consults for education, who runs Word 5.1a on an old Power Mac, using an ancient macro program from the 1990s to automate his workflow. He does have a newer version of Word on his iMac, but cannot find any new features that he needs. This is doubly true on the Windows platform, where much of what Office 2013 has to offer is a pathetic implementation of touch for the benefit of Windows 8 users.”

Steinberg writes, “That iWork hasn’t seen a major update doesn’t necessarily mean that the existing version is close enough to perfect not to require some changes… Since I do not pretend to know or understand Apple’s priorities, I can just hope for a better iWork in the near future.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: You know, in Apple’s defense, when you only have $120 billion cash on-hand, it’s tough to keep an office suite current.

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