Update: after a short beta testing phase, iWork for iCloud is now available to everyone, even those without an Apple device. If you don’t have an Apple ID already, sign up for one now on the iCloud website.
On Thursday, Apple made Pages, Numbers and Keynote accessible to those without an Apple device through iCloud Beta. Users will need an Apple ID to access the iWork for iCloud Beta apps, however they have now opened this up to everyone. You can create a free Apple ID by visiting the iCloud Beta website and clicking the banner at the top of the page. Whilst this is still in beta testing, it is expected that if all goes well, Apple will roll this out to all in the near future.
iWork for iCloud beta means you can work on your documents anywhere: you no longer have to be at your Mac or on your iPad. Also, it integrates seamlessly with iCloud, meaning anything you change or create will be synced to your devices. However for me, one of the best features of the iWork for iCloud beta is the ability to collaborate and edit documents in real time. Hopefully, they will include a similar feature in their native iOS and Mac apps at some point in the future!
Apple announced the iWork for iCloud at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2013, featuring web based versions of their popular productivity apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote. After receiving “overwhelming response”, Apple opened the service to all users. iWork for iCloud has been improved over time and now supports editing of Microsoft Office documents.
iWork for iCloud works with Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 or later, and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later.