With every major internet company talking about cloud this, and web apps that, Apple couldn’t ignore the allure of internet-based productivity. iWork for iCloud is its attempt to offer Mac and Windows users a productivity solution that works anywhere in the world. It could also be a way to make iWork relevant, in general, as it’s not taken seriously as a Microsoft Office competitor.
Demonstrated on stage at WWDC, the iWork apps looked to function just like their desktop counterparts. Dragging image files from the desktop will embed them in an iWork document, and dragging an Office document from the desktop into a browser window will add it to the iWork storage space. Its seamless, and looks to work incredibly well for something that’s running inside a browser.
Working inside the applications also looked a breeze. Editing text, manipulating objects, and adding 3D transitions all went without a hitch. Apple wasn’t clear on pricing, but if it’s to be a serious Google Docs competitor then it needs to be free. Developers will get access to iCloud from today, in beta form, and it will become available – again, in beta – to the public later this year.
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