iWork for iCloud is now open for everyone to use, even those with an Android smartphone or tablet. With no Apple device requirement to access these apps, the company is now looking to throw in its productivity apps right in there with the rest of the competition. More details to follow right after the jump.
The apps in question – Pages, Numbers and Keynote – can be accessed directly from the iCloud beta site – beta.icloud.com. The only requirement here is for users to have an Apple ID, which can be created in a few easy steps.
Once you’re done setting up your Apple ID from the beta site, you can start using iWork for iCloud as you would on any Apple device, such as a Mac. It’s that simple. And to top things off, the iCloud beta site supports a wide variety of browsers, so for those on, say, Windows, can use any browser of their choice to make use of the Web based iWork suite.
But there’s one catch to the whole proceeding though, something which also makes sense; the Apple ID which you’re going to muster up for using iWork for iCloud won’t work with any other service on the site and will only be limited to Apple’s productivity suite. Nothing more, nothing less.
Given the cloud nature of these apps, Apple is giving each user a decent 1GB of online storage space, which should be more than enough for creating and storing documents in the cloud. Apple’s entry into the cross-platform arena with its three popular apps is bound to stir things up a bit, especially where access to an MS Office-like suite is available anytime anywhere where there’s an Internet connection.
Ready to ditch Office 365 or Google Docs for iWork? Do let us know what you think about this move from Apple in the comments section below.