Walt Mossberg Misses the Point?

Walt Mossberg, the respected Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist, has a “review” of Apple’s latest version of iWork over on All Things Digital.

I’m obviously biased, but I feel he has missed the point in comparing iWork 08 with Microsoft Office for the Mac. iWork is quite clearly targeted at a different audience to the full version of office; in fact I am the target audience. I want a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation package and nothing else. I want those packages to have OS X like elegance and to enable me to carry the relatively basic writing and calculating that most users need to do. Numbers, the new spreadsheet application doesn’t do pivot tables apparently – what’s a pivot table?

Personally I couldn’t wait to remove Office from my Macs and to replace it with iWork and so far it does everything that I need and more.