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I think your quoting the price for an upgrade. The more appropriate price is probably the 169 for the snow leopard and iworks package... I mean who really uses Iworks for anything, its the first thing I delete after an install..
Actually OS X is only sold as an upgrade, you can't buy the full software technically. So yes, $30.00 was the price for Snow Leopard.

If you want to quote the $169 package of Snow Leopard and iWork, you'd have to compare that to a Windows 7 upgrade (which of the 20 versions???) and MS Office (which I'll even quote as an upgrade price while iWork was a full version, not upgrade) so I'll still say $169 vs $350 ($200 Windows upgrade and $150 Office upgrade) is a good deal.

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Let's get some perspective into the pricing of OS X. Yes, Snow Leopard is only offered as an upgrade, either for $29 or $169. However, for every previous version, Apple sold OS X for $129. Still cheaper than Windows.


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And iWorks doesn't compare to Office. Especially with the customization that can be done in Office with programs like Access.

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And iWorks doesn't compare to Office. Especially with the customization that can be done in Office with programs like Access.
I would say for the average users, the features used in Office are almost identical to what iWork offers. Only power users will miss anything in iWork and that's not a large part of the Office market.

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That is quite true. Most people just need a word processor that can let them edit some fonts and they're set. Also, it can be argued that Keynote is superior to Powerpoint


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That is quite true. Most people just need a word processor that can let them edit some fonts and they're set. Also, it can be argued that Keynote is superior to Powerpoint
Yep, I'd agree with that. I do think Keynote creates better presentations, the only place where PowerPoint wins is in actual presentation control and timing options, but most users never even need to tinker with that stuff.

I still prefer Word and Excel over Pages and Numbers, but that's more of a UI comfortability thing for me rather than needing functionality that one has over the other.

The biggest thing missing for me in Pages is that it doesn't have a built-in citation manager like Word does which is invaluable to me since I write a lot of research papers for class. I know it integrates with some 3rd party citation programs, but those aren't cheap.

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