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Apple Limits Access to iWork for iCloud Following 'Overwhelming Response' to Public Beta

Apple has begun limiting access to the iWork for iCloud beta for some users due to an "overhwhelming response", notes 9to5Mac. The company launched the beta to developers at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June before starting to invite non-developers in batches last month. Apple opened up access for all users last Friday, with that influx apparently pushing the service's current limits.
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iWork for iCloud is a browser-based implementation of Apple's iWork suite of productivity apps: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The service will work with Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer, offering a native-like experience on machines and platforms that do not or can not have the full iWork apps installed.

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15 months ago
I guess iWork for iCloud is going to be popular.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago
Still iWorks for me.
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago

Was this just clever advertising?

Edit to clarify: not advertising per say, but as a method to drum up enthusiasm for its launch?


Nah, I think it genuinely was very popular during the beta, and will be very popular when it's released. Especially with it being PC-compatible and stuff. Although I won't have a use for it, I can definitely see this being extremely useful in businesses, and this may be a very slow step towards dethroning Microsoft's Office suite.
Rating: 5 Votes
15 months ago
I personally like it more than Google Docs. :) I'm not surprised it's popular! They not only have the Mac users wanting to get to their docs on the web, but also iPhone or iPad users who either want to "publish" them like this for viewing on e.g. PC's, or to edit docs on PC's and later view on iPad.

The Apple ecosystem can really be something when it comes to launching these kind of products, haha.

Google Docs is also cross-platform and all good, but the one major disadvantage for me here is that there are no nice, native apps for it. It's like asking me to pick Adobe Photoshop or Pixlr in a world where Adobe had developed a complementary web service you could use to freely display and edit PSD files. The Photoshop deal would be so much more powerful. Web services are always kind of icky (I have a hard time defining the feeling) and while I enjoy the flexibility with them, I do prefer to work natively at least when I can.
Rating: 5 Votes
15 months ago

I personally like it more than Google Docs. :) I'm not surprised it's popular! They not only have the Mac users wanting to get to their docs on the web, but also iPhone or iPad users who either want to "publish" them like this for viewing on e.g. PC's, or to edit docs on PC's and later view on iPad.

The Apple ecosystem can really be something when it comes to launching these kind of products, haha.

Google Docs is also cross-platform and all good, but the one major disadvantage for me here is that there are no nice, native apps for it. It's like asking me to pick Adobe Photoshop or Pixlr in a world where Adobe had developed a complementary web service you could use to freely display and edit PSD files. The Photoshop deal would be so much more powerful. Web services are always kind of icky (I have a hard time defining the feeling) and while I enjoy the flexibility with them, I do prefer to work natively at least when I can.


When Apple releases a collaboration feature similar to Google Docs', that's when iWork for iCloud will really takeoff in my opinion.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 months ago

It won't be free, it will be included in the price of buying an Apple product. There is no way of getting an iCloud account if you don't own at least one Apple product running either iOS 5+ or OS X 10.7.2+

Pietro


1. Have a friend create a user account on his/her Mac.
2. Create a free iCloud account.
3. Delete your user account on his/her Mac.
4. Enjoy using free Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, and iWork on the web and syncing with your Outlook (if you are a PC user).
Rating: 3 Votes
15 months ago

Not possible to dethrone Microsoft Office Suite. You have no collaboration features. Spreadsheet is pathetic compared to Excel or even Open Office version. Business need powerful business apps. Apple iWork is for small private and home users.


Another person not thinking past "Today". The member you replied to said it was a step Towards dethroning Office. I agree with this. There's just not a whole lot about Office anymore that is relevant with today's business needs. Even with Spreadsheets, most docs are transferred via PDF after creation. Compatibility is not as much of an issue anymore so each person no longer needs to be using the same Office program to share docs.

"Powerful Business Apps"? LMAO. There's nothing particularly powerful with MS Office. It's just become the defacto standard so anything else that comes along appears inferior because it's the underdog. If businesses needed powerful business apps they wouldn't be using Powerpoint, they would be using Keynote because it kicks the holy crap out of that weak a$$ PPT.

Also try and think ahead future-wise rather than being in "Today". You sound like there's no room for improvement with Numbers and iWork will never be used for business.
The world is moving to online computing and it makes things much easier for everyone to work with multiple platforms.

If I didn't know any better it sounds like you don't want innovation past what Microsoft is offering as if you have some stake in it monopolizing the world. Hmm.;)

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I don't like this iWork on iCloud beta version. It's not good.


Excellent post! Too bad it doesn't give any reasons why iWork is not good. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
15 months ago

Still works for me but my venture into working with Numbers has been a headache. I don't think I'll find much use in the iWork suite. It was not without trying though.


If you started and stopped at Numbers, you're definitely not seeing iWork's strengths. Numbers is bloody useless.

Keynote was a mile ahead of PowerPoint in terms of being able to quickly make attractive presentations though PowerPoint has largely closed the gap though in the last version of Office. Pages is, depending on your specific needs, either better than, or no competition to Word. If you use pages as more of a Publisher substitute, it kills. As a workaday word processor, it is about equal to Word. For heavy duty writing, it lacks all of the features that serious Word users would need. Numbers, as I might have mentioned however, is bloody useless.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 months ago

Not possible to dethrone Microsoft Office Suite. You have no collaboration features. Spreadsheet is pathetic compared to Excel or even Open Office version. Business need powerful business apps. Apple iWork is for small private and home users.


I disagree, I predict at some point MS Office will be relegated to the power users group (as it should - it's overkill for the vast majority of users), that small number of people who actually use the advanced (and useful to them only) functionality and features available in this (bloated) suite. The rest will begin to use the growing number of free options that import/export MS Office file formats, and I doubt it'll be just small companies - when companies of all sizes start to realise the $$$ they can save from not having to purchase an MS Office license for every single employee, it'll happen and it'll be driven by the CFO and their bean counting colleagues.

Let's face it, office suite functionality is a mature market, what innovations are we really expecting in word processing at this point? Why doesn't this most basic functionality get included with every OS for free, like a calculator and browser? It appears Apple realises this and are moving in that direction - office suites are not the wow of the future but the ho-hum basic stuff we've had for years (and expect). Wouldn't surprise me if the next version of iWork starts getting included with the OS. It won't be iWork that specifically "dethrones" Office, but rather including it as standard with all Apple devices and cloud accounts - the very move will reduce the value of office suite software to nil, where only power users will be able to justify paying for the office suites to get the functionality only they need.
Rating: 2 Votes
15 months ago

Not possible to dethrone Microsoft Office Suite. You have no collaboration features. Spreadsheet is pathetic compared to Excel or even Open Office version. Business need powerful business apps. Apple iWork is for small private and home users.


Hence why I said: 'very slow step'; and I'm not at all implying that Apple are the ones to do it. However I have no doubt Office will eventually be dethroned -- might take 10, 20, 30 years, but it'll happen eventually.
Rating: 2 Votes

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