According to market researcher NPD, Apple\'s iWork has suddenly emerged as the primary competitor to Microsoft Office, taking the No. 2 spot in office suite retail sales during the 2005 calendar year.
\"Apple\'s share is particularly impressive considering that iWork runs only on Macs, which account for a small fraction of computers, said NPD analyst Chris Swenson. \"Apple\'s success for iWork has been pretty surprising.\"
Looking specifically at the Mac platform, iWork reportedly accounted for 17.4 percent office suite sales, 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.