Microsoft has MS Word as a word processor for Windows.

What does Apple have for macOS? I'd like same feature rich application MS Word offers.

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    I’m going to down vote this since it begs the question of requirements. Apple clearly has pages and Word clearly supports macOS. How will this be useful to others or answerable without some clarity on what feature rich means specifically. – bmike Sep 8 '18 at 23:11

Unless I’m missing something, Microsoft Word is also available for macOS. For more information, visit Welcome to the new Office for Mac!.

If you’re looking for Apple's main word processor then Pages has most of the commonly used features of MS Word. It's free from the Mac App Store. For more information on Pages generally, visit Create and collaborate on documents that are beautiful beyond words.

A couple of other options are OpenOffice and LibreOffice (both free). There's also NeoOffice (which does have a small cost but offers a number of improvements over OpenOffice and LibreOffice).

As an aside, if you’re interested in a bit of history, Microsoft Word was originally available for the Mac before it was available for Windows. More specifically, it was available for Mac in 1985, four years prior to the release of the Windows version in 1989.

If your boss or professor (or other person grading your work) uses Word, then using Word yourself can help avoid grief from possible compatibility issues that can arise when other apps export to Word format.

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  • Office Online is available free as well. – Allan Sep 8 '18 at 13:48
  • There is also NeoOffice developed specifically for the Mac. its located here: neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php. It has a suite of tools like a spreadsheet and presentation package. – jmh Sep 8 '18 at 17:45
  • @jmh Thanks for the reminder! I've added NeoOffice to my answer. :) – Monomeeth Sep 8 '18 at 23:04
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    If 100% compatability is required Microsoft Word is a very nice program. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Sep 9 '18 at 12:01

There is Nisus Writer Express for light to medium use, and Nisus Writer Pro, if you are a professional writer, scholar, etc. at Nisus.com. Same engine, saves to RTF by default and both are very fast.

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WPS Office for Mac, it's still in beta but good to use. ANd it is free. You can download it here: http://www.wps.cn/product/wpsmac/

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Apple has (for free) the programs Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. They are essentially Apple's take on Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations). They can be found in the App Store and Pages is very feature rich and inter operates well with Word documents, rtf files and has online collaborative and web editing as well as iCloud document syncing integrated.

Word / Office 2016 is available for macOS as well, which can be purchased from Microsoft or many other sites.

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  • downvoted... why? – Hefewe1zen Sep 8 '18 at 14:49
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    Most probably because you poorly repeated an existing answer without adding anything. – Solar Mike Sep 8 '18 at 15:45
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    Pages: about as good as Word—Numbers: sucks compared to Excel—Keynote: WAY better than Powerpoint, but that's not a very high bar to clear. – WGroleau Sep 8 '18 at 17:16
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    This is an amazing answer and correct. The question is soft since it doesn’t say anything about what features make a program rich. Let’s down vote a bad question and not vote down people with proper answers. I’ll probably bounty this answer if the down votes don’t change in time. – bmike Sep 8 '18 at 23:12
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    @Hefewe1zen I read the first answer before you contributed, but do not assume I downvoted AND do not Hate on me just because I gave a possible explanation for the downvotes you received. – Solar Mike Sep 9 '18 at 13:21

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