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Forget Microsoft Office, use iWork on your iPad instead

Microsoft updated its Office suite for iPad in mid-September to include new multitasking gestures, including Split View, which enables you to use two apps at the same time.

It’s been almost a month, and Apple just decided to catch up. iWork, a set of apps that includes Pages, Keynote and Numbers now supports iOS 9’s multitasking features.

The update brings Slide Over, picture-in-picture and most importantly Split View to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, as well as the upcoming iPad Pro.

I get the appeal of using Office, a well establishing content creator and edition tool. But why would you pay $9.99 a month to use a suite on the iPad for something that you can have for free.

Pages lets you create documents that are compatible with Word while Keynote “makes creating presentations as simple as touching and tapping”. Finally, Numbers packs the same spreadsheet power as Numbers.

iWork feels great on iOS 9, as you can start a document and at the same time browse or send an email. The suite is free with every new iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

I guess preferring Office over iWork’s free tools depends on your preferences and if you can afford paying $10 a month.