Apple's Apps Update Didn't Go Far Enough

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) upgraded iWork apps suite, while convenient, won't be enough to keep iPad owners from trying Microsoft  (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Office when it comes to the device, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video.

Traditionally, Apple would charge around $10 for each of its various productivity apps. Now everyone that buys a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone will get free access to the software. What's more, Apple's developers have unified the app file format and upgraded iCloud versions to support real-time collaboration. An impressive technical achievement, Tim says, but also not the game changer he was hoping for.

Google has already been supplying these sorts of features, also free, through its various Drive apps. That leaves Microsoft the most likely supplier of a premium suite of productivity apps for the iPad, Tim argues.

Do you agree? Will you be using Apple's new iWork apps? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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