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Apple iWork for iCloud Beta now open to all

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Apple's efforts to compete with Google Docs and Microsoft Office 365 were stepped up on Friday with the public roll-out of its iWork for iCloud beta.

Following the launch for selected users in July, now everyone with an Apple ID can access the company's suite of productivity from iCloud.com.

Pages documents, Keynote presentations and Numbers spreadsheets can be accessed, created, edited and shared from iCloud with all changes being automatically synced back to the versions on Mac OS X and iOS devices.

Those without an Apple ID can also get in on the action simply by signing up at the website, meaning you don't even need to have an Apple device to access the suite.

The company now faces the unenviable task of reeling in Google and Microsoft who're runaway leaders in the cloud-syncing of documents department.

Microsoft's Office 365 suite has earned rave reviews, while Google Docs (now part of Google Drive) has long been a favoured web-based alternative to the desktop iterations of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

You can try iWork for iCloud out now at iCloud.com Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Via The Verge

David Waine

August 24, 2013, 2:24 pm

Love it! I am an author, but I can't always get to my Mac because I also have a family, and they have top have their turn. The back-up machine is an elderly PC that I brought back to life by installing Ubuntu Linux. Until now, I had to work on a copy of the current chapter in Google Docs and paste it into the master document when I got the Mac back., This works, by the way, presumably because Google Docs is so simple that nothing is corrupted. Now I can just do it in the iCloud and am not limited to working on just the current chapter. It is a simplified version of Pages, to be sure, but the essentials are there, certainly enough for those occasions when I can't get on the main machine.

Apple only quote support for OS X and Windows, but I can testify that it works on Linux as well - at least it did last night when I tried it.

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