Apple’s iWork is Available for Everyone for Free via iCloud
Microsoft and MS Office might have ruled the field of office suites for a long period of time, but the tides are changing and mow, Apple is gearing up to challenge them with their very own iWork.
In the past, Apple has been a little restrictive as to the use of their services which obviously resulted in a smaller number of people hooking up with them than Microsoft. That is not the case any more. In fact, they are now opening up to let anyone and everyone to try out their products.
In order to bring more users into their fold, they have started an open beta for iWork using iCloud. You can use it from any browser on any computer even if it is running Microsoft Windows or any other operating system.
Getting to the iWork beta is fairly easy through iCloud website. Anyone, whether they have an Apple device or not, can start using it and if you own one, your work will be updated on your devices in real time. Here’s what they are saying:
Just log in from your browser on your Mac or PC and launch the app you want to use. All the documents you create will be saved in iCloud, and any changes you make will automatically appear in the iWork apps on your iOS devices and your Mac. Your work will always be available at iCloud.com, so you can access your documents anywhere.
While using the service you will be able to access all the basic features of an office suite i.e. word processor, spreadsheets, and presentation functionalities. Not just that, the software will also let multiple people work on the same document simultaneously. This is exactly what Google Apps, OneDrive or Office 365 offers.
Due to the strong competition by MS Office, iWork has neither been given more importance by Apple or by the customers. It was also sold for a price of $79 back in the days which, after being reduced gradually, has come down to nil now.
It was only in 2013 when Apple really started pushing the software out in the market by removing the price tag.
The public beta will be regarded by many as the first direct confrontation of iWork with its massive competitors in the recent times.