iWork Beta now Available for Non-Developers

At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this year, Apple announced iWork for iCloud, a cloud-based version of iWork (their popular productivity suite, which competes with Microsoft Office). Initially, the beta was available only to registered developers. Today, Apple sent an email to non-developer iCloud members indicating that the beta is now available to all users.

We’ll soon be introducing a new and exciting feature to iCloud. It’s called iWork for iCloud and it’s a suite of apps β€” Pages, Numbers, and Keynote β€” that make it easy for anyone with an iCloud account to create and edit great-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations right on the web.
We’d like to invite you to be one of the first to try it, so we’re giving you early access to the iWork for iCloud beta. All you have to do is sign in to iCloud on a Mac or a PC using the current version of Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. Then just click on Pages, Numbers, or Keynote and you’re off.
We’re really proud of these apps and we’d appreciate your help in making them as great as they can possibly be. So we’d love to hear your feedback as you use them.

iWork in iCloud allows for easy document editing via the web on any computer (Windows or Mac) using any major web browser. Prior to iWork for iCloud, the use of iWork was limited only to Macs, leaving Windows users in the cold. Personally, I think this could be a huge win for Apple.

Access to Pages, Numbers and Keynote via iCloud will be free, and will be available sometime this Fall (most likely around the same time that OS X Mavericks is released).

Posted on July 18, 2013 and filed under Opinion.