iWork was in need of renovation and it has more or less happened. And I say this because it wasn’t the native applications that did it, but iWork.com. On July 31, 2012 iWork.com closed for good. Today is born iWork for iCloud .
iWork’s for iCloud brings the applications in the suite closer to the cloud. Accessible from the browser Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iCloud will allow us to do everything we would do with the native applications and as far as we can see in the demonstration it works very well. Although as they commented the new native versions will also arrive to OS X and iOS.
With the launch of iWork for iCloud, Apple is standing up to the likes of Google and Microsoft. The former has long had Google Docs, which, along with the widespread adoption of Gmail, makes many of us use its service on an almost daily basis. The second is the king of office automation with its Office suite and recently also launched Office 365 (a good analysis of the service was done by our colleagues in Genbeta).
With the new cloud services, the company will try to offer a range of options suitable for each type of user, whether they are individuals or companies. Making it easy to access documents wherever they go, from your Mac, iOS devices or with your work computer. And without requiring OS X or iOS to be the operating system installed.
The doubt is that we don’t know how it will offer such applications to users . I mean, once we create our iCloud account we will have free access or it will be necessary to have purchased the native applications to be able to access them from the browser.