Best collaborative office suite for iOS

Hey guys!

I really need your help. I’m looking for an office app that could allow me to collaborate in real time on my iPad Mini. I mean I want to coedit the same document together with my teammates. Any suggestions? I have found ONLYOFFICE Documents on App Store but don’t know if there are any other similar options.

P.S. I don’t like Google Docs for privacy reasons.

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You can do that with MS Office.

Microsoft has done good job with treating iOS like it matters. You can use the office app for most stuff, but if it’s not enough you can use the full word for iOS.

(New office app is actually great if people have not downloaded yet, was on phone last year now on iPad)


Google Workspace allows you to do that.

The MS Office apps are good but I prefer iWork when on on the iPad since the apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote and maybe even Notes) seem really at home there and support all the newest features for obvious reasons. Of course they are also free and support collaboration.

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Agreed the office app is really cool on iPad. Easily turning pdfs into Word files let me impress some non techie colleagues in the office.

Google Docs (the web version) is my preferred choice. The Google Drive integration works very well for collaboration.

+1 on MS Office. Is there a difference between MS Office and downloading the separate apps? I thought MS Office was just Word, PP and Excel all packaged together.

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We use shared MS Office documents at work. For the most part it works well, but we have had some real disasters with some large Excel workbooks. Data going missing, problems with people saving at the same time, and sometimes sheets displaying they are locked and in use by a person who doesn’t even have the sheet open. Every couple of months it seemed like we were having to restore from a midnight backup.

That said, our network is not great, and we don’t use the latest versions of Office, so it might be our own fault.

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I think it takes up less space than 3x apps.

But it is horrible on iPad, especially Google Sheets.

I’m talking about the web version.

I use shared Excel files every day and I’ve never had issues. The iOS apps are excellent.

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I use that every day on my 10.5 iPad Pro. In Google Sheets you can not scroll with the trackpad. The the part of the window where the spreadsheet is, is very smal on top of that (check the two screenshots!!) with the whole browser around it. I feels super bolted on.
Numbers on iPad is so much smoother to interact with as well (like dragging cells around and so on).

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Google Sheets is out the window then.

I wouldn’t use Microsoft Office either (especially if Google really is a privacy risk to you).

The thing is, if we are talking about spreadsheets. Nothing comes even close to Excel. Numbers certainly doesn’t.

Each program has its downsides. The OP will need to make a sacrifice somewhere.

Our hyper-privacy conscious institution makes us use Microsoft Office. Perhaps the enterprise version has privacy controls over what the consumer version does?

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That’s a possibility. :thinking:

It’s like Patrick never left.