Spotlight: Apple offers iWork for free

Move is seen as a jab at Microsoft, which dragged its feet in offering Office for iOS

During the launch of its new iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) made an announcement to cheer those who use their iPhones for work. The firm's iWork suite of office productivity apps, Apple's answer to Microsoft Office, will be available for free on any new iPhone or iPad, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The iWork suite--Pages, Numbers and Keynote--cost $9.99 each. Apple appears to be trying to undercut Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which was slow to roll out iOS and Android versions of Office. To get Office on those devices, users have to pay for a subscription to Office 365, which can cost more than $100 per year depending on the service selected. "Already Microsoft has left customers stranded on mobile, and Apple is taking advantage of that opportunity to push its own software," Sarah Rotman Epps, a senior analyst with Forrester Research, was quoted by the Journal as saying. Read more