Though Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s iWork for iCloud office suite is still in beta stage, it has received an overwhelming response from users. According to Ben Lovejoy of 9To5Mac, the suite has received such a thunderous response that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has started denying access to some users. When users try to access the iWork for iCloud, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) displays a message that it has had an 'overwhelming response' to the program, requesting users to check back later.
Apple expands its ecosystem to cloud
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) initially unveiled the service at Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The company initially allowed access to only developers, but soon opened the service for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) employees and some non-developers. With iWork for iCloud, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans to challenge Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) in enterprise business. Employees in organizations use multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptop and desktop.
Moreover, the launch of iWork for iCloud will revolutionize the use of iPads. Users can now use iPads for presentations, spreadsheet and writing work on the go. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has added Keynote, Numbers and Pages apps to its iCloud offering, which will now have nine elements including Contacts, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Find My iPhone and Reminder. Users can sync data with an iPhone, Mac and iPad.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can create documents on your device. The new document will appear simultaneously on your Mac and PC in iCloud, where you can edit, download and forward the document. Similarly, all the new documents and modifications to iWork for iCloud documents on a Mac or PC will reflect on your iPhone and iPad. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) made a brilliant move by allowing Windows OS users to drag and drop an MS-Word document to Pages. The MS-Word document will then be automatically converted into the Pages format.
However, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will face big challenges from Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT). Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)'s free office suite Google Drive and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT)'s Office 365 are already in the market for years, strengthening their position. And their cloud storage is much more affordable than Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s. The iPhone maker offers only 5GB free cloud storage, compared to 7GB on Microsoft SkyDrive and 15GB on Google Drive. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) charges $21 a year for additional 10GB storage and $42 a year for additional 20GB storage.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares were up 0.91% to $505.60 at 11:15 AM EDT.