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Can MS Office or open Pages documents from an iPad?

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If you have an iPad, why don't you just try it? :D – Vervious Aug 16 '10 at 21:48
Maybe the asker doesn't want to buy Pages without knowing how useful it is. Or maybe the asker wants to know whether they can send Pages documents to their Windows-using associates. – Kristopher Johnson Aug 16 '10 at 22:34
I hope to buy an iPad this week. I'm considering my options here. – Moshe Aug 17 '10 at 0:18
ah. I see now.. – Vervious Aug 17 '10 at 0:37
up vote 4 down vote accepted

As per the Apple Support Technote, Pages for iPad does support export to Microsoft Word 97 or later.

Opening the Pages documents directly, though, is an unlikely proposition.

This MacWorld article outlines the limitations of editing MS Word documents on the iPad.

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Excellent article. – Moshe Aug 17 '10 at 0:18

Not sure about OpenOffice, but unfortunately Office cannot open Pages documents.

ETA: after a fair amount of Googling, it's safe to say that OpenOffice can't open Pages documents either.

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What does ETA stand for? – Moshe Aug 17 '10 at 0:18
I'm thinking "Edited To Add" but I'm not 100% sure. – Vervious Aug 17 '10 at 0:38
Ya, "Edited to Add".. It's an old message board acronym.. – Don Aug 17 '10 at 0:41

A good alternative is using the Office Web Apps on the iPad, which would allow to create and edit Office format files stored on Windows Live SkyDrive.

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This works best with a 3G enabled iPad. Not everyone has that. – Moshe Aug 9 '11 at 20:02
@Moshe: I spend 90% of my day in areas which have wifi, and I hardly ever need to use 3G on my laptop or smartphone. – paradroid Aug 10 '11 at 12:38

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