Apple iWork for iCloud Beta Now Available to Everyone

Apple’s iWork for iCloud apps will now be available on non-iOS devices, making it a platform-independent product for all internet users to access.

The online suite of productivity apps has been in beta since it was made available for free in 2013, but was previously only available to users who had a Mac, an iPad, or an iPhone.

In order to use iWork for iCloud, users will be required to sign up for an Apple ID on iCloud’s beta site. Upon registering, users will then be granted immediate access to the word processor app Pages, the spreadsheet app Numbers, and the presentation app Keynote.

With this move, iWork is aiming to go into direct competition with Google Docs and Microsoft Office

The existing offer is limited to iWork for iCloud, therefore users of Windows, Linux, and Android will only be able to use Apple’s productivity apps if they have access to the internet. At present, it is not certain whether Apple intends on making standard iWorks apps available for non-iOS platforms.

However, it is likely to happen at some point, given Apple’s apparent plans to expands its ecosystem. To save their documents within the app, users will be allotted free cloud storage of 1GB on iCloud, which can also be accessed from other devices.

Users will get free 1GB of storage on iCloud to save their documents

iWork for iCloud will undoubtedly be poised as a direct competitor to Google’s Docs, Sheets, and Slides. However, Apple is also eyeing Microsoft’s share in the productivity market. The latter is currently the market leader with its widely used Office suite of apps, which includes Word, Spreadsheet, and PowerPoint.

That said, Apple’s suite of productivity apps is commonly viewed as a pared down version of Office 365. Therefore, it has a long way to go before it can go head to head with the software giant in the productivity arena.


  • Muhammad Ashraf

    iwork is worst online office suite, ms office and google has best office suite available online these days

    • Saad Durrani

      Don’t expect it to be 100% on day one. Wait a little for goodness’ sake.

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        the world has now so fast, if you keep developing an office suite solution then no body choose it, users are always looking forward for most advance or better products than its rivals

    • Ammar

      iWork is free of cost where as the full Office suite will set you back over $300. Of course if you just want to pirate it then that’s on you. I use iWork on my Mac/iPhone regularly for university work and it works flawlessly.

      • Muhammad Ashraf

        office online version is now free to use similarly google cloud office suite that is free to use.
        same apple is doing by allowing to use iwork for free as cloud service

      • Taha Najam

        Actually, an Office 365 licence starts from just $70. And that includes free Skype credit and unlimited OneDrive storage. Besides, most universities offer Office suite for free to students through Microsoft’s Dreamspark program. And good luck with those assignments. Your iWork documents won’t open on anything else beside your iDevice.

        • Ammar

          You can export those iWork documents to .docx format. You think I’ve been submitting my work all this time and my teachers were never able to open it?

          Also $0 > $70. I don’t know what Skype minutes have to do with anything here. How about take back the Skype minutes and give me Office 365 for free? And which universities offer free Office? There is no such thing here at NUST.

          • Taha Najam

            Yes, you can. But the resulting file is a mess, with compatibility issues and formatting nothing like the original document. It’s always a game of chance, so when it comes to important stuff, especially stuff on which your grades depends on, which if you’re a student of NUST, I’m sure you’re aware are not easy to come by in it’s relative grading system, it’s better to be safe than sorry and I’d rather pay $70 and take the no fuss route than use something else and make life hell not only for myself, but for others too. Most likely, your professor won’t put any extra effort and your behalf and straight away award you a zero for not complying to standards. I know quite a few Macbook owners and even they never use iWork.

            But all of that is hypothetical scenario, because in actuality, you have to pay nothing. Which universities offer free Office? Almost all technical universities today are affiliated with Microsoft one way or another, and even if not, you can individually apply through the dreamspark website. Try googling a little. If all else fails, you can always use the online web version at Office.com, because believe it or not, even that is more feature rich than Apple’s productivity suite. There is no such thing here at NUST? Are you sure? Because if not, I don’t know what I had been using my four years at college. We had not only Office, but the entire Microsoft product porforlio at our disposal, including Visual Studio, which was a lifesaver during our FYP, Vsio and of course a copy of Windows 8 for each student. The fact that you don’t know this is due to your own incompetence.