Apple this week announced that they would be offering free web-only access to their productivity suite of apps which includes Numbers, Pages and Keynote. Although Google has their own versions of spreadsheet, word processor and presentation apps and Microsoft are still charging a fee for use of their Office suite, until this week if you did not have access to a Mac or and a iOS device you could not use their producivivity apps.
This also means that new and existing iWork users now have full functionality to be able to view, edit and share their documents on their iPhone, iPad, Mac and now on the web via iCloud.com. Apple are also offering 1GB of free iCloud storage to store these documents and you can share and collaborate with others in real time when working on your documents.
To get started, simply go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID. If you’ve used the iTunes Store, iCloud, or any Apple service, you might already have an Apple ID. If you don’t remember it, you can find your Apple ID.
If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one:
- Go to iCloud.com.
- Click Create Apple ID.
- Fill out the required account information including your email address, a strong password, and security questions.
- Verify your email address by entering the 6-digit code they send you.
- Accept the iCloud Terms of Service.
After you create your account, you’ll be signed in automatically.
iCloud.com supports modern browsers including recent versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
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iCloud Drive Syncing Improvements — MacSparky:
I’m pleased to report iCloud Drive document syncing is loads better with the latest updates. This morning I spent 30 minutes moving between my iPad and Mac on a large numbers spreadsheet and both devices were keeping up. In short, iCloud document syncing is manageable again. Third party apps, like Drafts and Mindnode, are also seeing the benefits of this update. If you’ve been waiting, or had a bad prior experience, update your Mac and iOS devices with yesterday’s updates and give it a try for yourself.
I too concur that iCloud syncing is now working back to normal in the iWork suites on iOS with the 8.1.1 update so if you have been having issues, this latest update is certainly a positive one.
Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhone, makes basic editing features free | 9to5Mac:
Microsoft announced today that it’s rolling out standalone Office apps for iPhone after releasing the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps exclusively for iPad earlier this year. Microsoft previously had an “Office Mobile” app for iPhone that integrated features of all three Office apps, but today’s release of standalone Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPhone are officially replacing Office Mobile as Microsoft’s Office solution for iPhone.
Microsoft is also delivering updates for the Office iPad apps that include new features along with the ability to create and edit for free.
Sensible from Microsoft to remove the paid restriction of creating and editing in these apps and change to freemium. Between Microsoft Office, iWork and Google, the 3 big players now have equal footing on the app store.
Arguably, Google’s office-based apps are best for collaboration, Apple’s iWork are best for design and how your documents will look whilst the Microsoft Office suite has the power.