Apple’s iWork emerges as top rival to Microsoft Office

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 4:59 pm

Corel bills its WordPerfect Office software as “the world’s leading alternative to Microsoft Office.” But when it comes to U.S. retail sales, Corel lost the No. 2 spot in 2005 to a somewhat unlikely competitor: Apple Computer’s iWork.

According to market researcher NPD, Apple grabbed 2.7 percent unit share, while Corel had 1.6 percent share. Microsoft maintained its dominance with nearly 95 percent of unit sales.

Apple’s share is particularly impressive considering that iWork only runs on Macs, which account for a small fraction of computers, said NPD analyst Chris Swenson. “Apple’s success for iWork has been pretty surprising,” he said.

Looking at the Mac platform alone, iWork accounted for 17.4 percent, compared to about 82 percent for Microsoft. “Apple’s iWork didn’t overtake Microsoft Office, but I think taking almost a fifth of the Mac Office Suite market away from an entrenched competitor such as Microsoft is quite an accomplishment,” Swenson said.

Source: News.com


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