I love many a gooogle product, however, Google Docs leave much to be desired when it comes to bells and whistles, and feature optimization. I’d be the first to welcome (with open arms) a product that aims to address cloud based document storage.
Yesterday at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Apple announced the next version of the OS X operating system: Mavericks. Among the many enhancements that this operating system will bring, one that may be most alluring to businesses is its cloud integration of Apple iWork.
Similar to Google Drive, once a document is in iCloud, a user can log into iCloud from any device to view and edit a word processing document (Pages), spreadsheet (Numbers) or presentation (Keynote) document.
You won’t need to have any software other than a compatible web browser installed on your device to access and work with your documents and you can easily share documents online with others for viewing or collaboration.
If iWork’s interface debuted is as impressive as they put on, it could be a top contender for web based cloud solutions out there.
Apple’s iWork in the cloud can be helpful for teams who collaborate on documents or even for just you- who many need to access documents from different devices. You can drag-and-drop iWork documents from your Mac to iCloud or create new documents entirely via a web browser.
You must have an Apple ID to access this service, which means you must own at least one Apple device. Also, you can only share editable documents with other Apple ID accounts. Therefore, iWork in the cloud is not really “free.” In contrast, you don’t have to purchase anything to use Google Docs.
What’s left to be desired?
iWork doesn’t appear to have a publishing feature to publish to the web, whereas in google docs you can link to documents and anyone can view them; perhaps Apple will add this upon gathering feedback?
Although not released until Fall, 2013- the service is expected to function through the web browsers on Macs or PCs: Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 or later and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later. It will not be available on Firefox or Opera from the get-go.