In a first-of-its-kind move for a more cross-platform approach, Apple has now made its iWork for iCloud platform, available for all users with access to internet. Apple is looking to compete with the likes of Google Docs and Microsoft’s Sway, both providing similar solutions in this domain.
While you previously needed to own at least one Apple device to use Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, you’re now able to get an Apple ID and access the apps without needing your own Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Users need to sign up for an Apple ID to access any of Apple’s pages, keynote or numbers app.
Post sign-up, you also get 1 GB of free storage to save files and use it across any platform, be it Windows, Android or any thing else. For now, the option to use the apps only exists if you sign up on iWork for iCloud’s beta site. However Apple does plans to expand this feature to its iWork apps soon.
While iWork was made free back in 2013, it still lacks many features which its more feature-rich rivals like Google and Microsoft have to offer. However, through this move to make iWork multi-platform, Apple has signalled that it is ready to take-on market leaders, in a territory which hasn’t traditionally been one of Apple’s stronger suites.