iWork for iCloud beta invitations now going out to non-developers

Non-developers now getting invited to join iWork for iCloud beta

iWork for iCloud is how Apple will make iWork available on the web, and on devices that don't run iOS or OS X, and now they're making the beta available to even more people. Originally announced at WWDC 2013, Apple first invited developers into the program, but as of today, non-developers are getting invited as well. Here's what Apple's email says:

Dear [Redacted],

We’ll soon be introducing a new and exciting feature to iCloud. It’s called iWork for iCloud and it’s a suite of apps — Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — that make it easy for anyone with an iCloud account to create and edit great-looking documents, spreadsheets, and presentations right on the web.

We’d like to invite you to be one of the first to try it, so we’re giving you early access to the iWork for iCloud beta. All you have to do is sign in to iCloud on a Mac or a PC using the current version of Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. Then just click on Pages, Numbers, or Keynote and you’re off.

We’re really proud of these apps and we’d appreciate your help in making them as great as they can possibly be. So we’d love to hear your feedback as you use them.

Sign in to iCloud.com to get started with iWork for iCloud today.


The iWork Team

As advertised, just log in and you're good to go. I've been trying it out since the dev period, and for a web app it's gorgeous. Apple hasn't shown off any Google Docs-style collaboration yet, but all the page-layout stuff and Mac desktop and iPhone, iPod, and iPhone mobile compatibility looks great.

If you get invited to try out the iWork for iCloud beta, let me know what you think!

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Rene Ritchie

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iWork for iCloud beta invitations now going out to non-developers


I received my invite this evening. I use a Numbers spreadsheet to track expenses so I jumped at this opportunity to access it on another device. So far I really like it and think it's well done, although I've only used Numbers. The functionality and feel is comparable to the iOS and OSX Numbers app.

I also used Numbers, and was impressed. Having the Inspector docked on the right side of the page is great.

OK, it works, and seems to work well, if a little slower than the matching desktop versions. And yes, it's a welcome addition to iCloud. More so if these web apps are made freely available on the desktop as well as the cloud, as any serious mass market contender to Google Docs will need to be.
The downside is also a key weakness of iCloud: the lack of any type of file management system. Dumping everything in one long list is impractical even for many novice users. Also it seems odd that if I create related Keynote and Pages documents, I can only access them from separate screens.

This has been available for couple weeks now for non-dev accounts. I used to login to beta.icloud.com and access it. Now, it's available without the beta subdomain.

No invite though.

I received an invite also... So far, it's very nice! The load time is kind-of long though... This new feature is going to be great when the school year starts! I think I might just use this instead of using Google Drive...