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Apple rolls out universal access to iWork suite for iCloud on the web

Apple is now allowing anyone to sign up for an Apple ID to use its iWork productivity suite in a web browser, even if they don’t own an Apple device.

The Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps can now be accessed freely online by those willing to create an Apple ID from the browser site.

The rollout (via TechCrunch) now allows any web user to create, edit, save, store and share documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

Apple had been offering the service in beta for the last couple of weeks, but the official launch on Thursday makes it easy for non-iOS or Mac OS X device owners to jump on board.

Apple is also giving new sign ups 1GB of free storage in order to get them started, with the option to purchase more from its array of monthly subscription plans.

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The move represents the company’s first real efforts to ensnare non-Apple device owners into the iCloud ecosystem.

Given the diligent work from Microsoft and Google in order to make their Office 365 and Google Docs offerings platform agnostic, it’s not that surprising to see Apple take the route.

The company will hope more PC and Android users give a shot in the hope of luring them to a Mac or iPhone in the future.

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