Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) just rolled out iWork for iCloud for everyone. Initially, this was a beta program that was exclusive to developers and a small groups of users. The latter was a group of invited users.
Apple's iWork still in beta phase
iWork for iCloud was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this summer. Although it's available for all users, it's still in the beta phase and the full product will officially launch sometime in the fall. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans can now take a sneak peak at iCloud.com.
iWork suite features
This suite offers support for previously native-only applications including Numbers spreadsheets, Keynote presentations, and Pages word processing. Tech Crunch's Sarah Perez explained, "As with Microsoft Office’s 365, the idea with iWork is to combine the best of both worlds – native and cloud applications – into one package. This move will help Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) compete in the enterprise, where employees often use a combination of devices, including desktop and laptop computers, as well as smartphones and tablets. The iWork for iCloud apps support Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 or later, and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later, on both Macs and PCs. Users can create their documents via the web, then they are automatically synced to other Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices, including iPads and iPhones."
Cloud-based applications and services are becoming more common over time. Thanks to the prevalence of mobile media such as smartphones and tablets, the demand for cloud services will continue to grow. It's just more convenient to store your files on a cloud server where you can access the same files on your laptop, smartphone, and tablet. This means users won't have to lug around their heavy laptop to access certain files. This new feature is a real win for businesses and government agencies who currently use Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products. It's also likely to entice those who don't currently use Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to make the switch.