Apple Announces 'iWork for iCloud' for In-Browser Use

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    At today's WWDC keynote event, Apple announced iWork for iCloud, a new version of iWork that is coming later this year and delivering the ability to use iWork apps in the user's browser. iWork in iCloud brings Apple's iWork software suite to the web, and on stage, the company demonstrated Keynote, Numbers, and Pages operating in a browser window.

    The apps are also designed to work seamlessly with Microsoft documents. For example, a Microsoft Word document dragged into Pages for iCloud will be converted and easily read.

    In addition to working on iOS and Mac, iWork for iCloud also works on Windows computers and in other browsers, like Chrome. In fact, it supports Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer, bringing iWork to a broad array of devices.

    iWork for iCloud is available today for developers and will be offered to other users later in the year.

    Article Link: Apple Announces 'iWork for iCloud' for In-Browser Use
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2003
    Was I hearing things, or did he also say that they'd be releasing new desktop versions of the iWork apps later this year?
  3. macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    You heard right, new versions coming later.
  4. macrumors 68020

    May 20, 2011
  5. macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Very much looking forward to a new version of iWork later this year. Long overdue!
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    This was my favorite part of the event, though iOS7 is pretty cool too. I think the expanded functionality to iCloud was more needed than a GUI update to iOS.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Let me have any document in iCloud. Most of us use office. Looks like google drive or drop box is the real way to go if you don't want this dumb limitiation.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Huh...well, if we're lucky it'll be better than Google Docs, although I'd be surprised if they can beat Microsoft.

    They DESPERATELY need to fix the iWork programs for iOS. The save/load interface for iWork on iOS is beyond insane. I can't believe Steve Jobs or whomever signed off on that. I mean it's more complicated and bizarre than an early 80s DOS based computer.
  9. macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2011
  10. macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Im surprised about this one. There was an iWorks in the Cloud beta that ended almost 2 years ago...
  11. macrumors 65816

    Feb 15, 2011
  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    so there is no point in getting the desktop apps??? :confused:
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 15, 2005
    I hope the new desktop versions add much needed functionality. Like Numbers being rather incomplete when it comes to Excel function support. LibreOffice is much more complete. ODF support would be nice too.
  14. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    I imagined the same, which was a huge relief. But what was said exactly? It was dropped in such a by-the-way fashion it's hard to tell.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    The most populated city in the planet
    Would love to know this too. Anyone know?
  16. macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Don't remember the exact words, but he said new versions for OS X and iOS coming later this fall, then just moved on to demo iWork in the Cloud.
  17. fricotin, Jun 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2011
    Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico
    If I was buying iWork now would I have to pay for the upgrade when it comes later in the year ?
  18. macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Really unclear, but I got the impression that the browser-based version is intended as a companion to the desktop version, not a replacement. Despite what was demonstrated, I think it would be very difficult to incorporate all the functionality of desktop iWork into the browser. They haven't managed that for the iOS version.


    I heard a little bit more than that. He talked about creating documents on your Mac and then being able to edit them in a web browser in Windows. This wording suggests that Apple still views iWork on the Mac as the center of the iWork universe.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2009
    The CCTV Capital of the World
    So with iWork for iCloud, you will able to start working on one document and then the US government [through PRISM, or another data harvesting method] can read it on another.

    No thanks.
  20. macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    My concern is this, the upcoming OS X app won't get any new features, it's just being updated to support the iCloud improvements but nothing else. That's why they didn't demo anything.

    As for PRISM concerns, yea, that's true for any data services. You'll have to stay offline to avoid PRISM.
  21. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    I've literally just switched from my Win7 VM where I was trying to install Office 2013 from Office 365.

    Couldn't install it, due to the astonishingly detailed error "A problem has occurred" from the installer. And that's all you get, no clues at all where the error is - with their website, the installer, the internet connection, time of day, my shoe size, sunspots.

    Hopeless idiots.

    So a good time to then spot iWork improvements! Bye bye Microsoft. You are in serious trouble when your Office cash cow dies...
  22. macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2006
    I suspect you would....
  23. macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Just logged into the beta site... now it shows up for me on (I am a developer.) So far, it works as shown in the keynote. Though it did take a bit more time to open my existing documents. (The Apple sites are slammed right now.) Very nice though! Very excited to see the beginnings of an iWork update.
  24. macrumors 68030

    Sep 23, 2008
    It could very well be that there was simply nothing to show yet. If I remember correctly, there were still vacancies for iWork-related projects at Apple only recently, which may suggest that this is still an ongoing process. iWork is also typically one of those products that are released immediately after their announcement, so it makes sense to present it at another keynote. That being said, the fact that they do give priority to a webapp rather than updating the Mac app is indeed a bit worrying. Since Apple does seek compatibility with the webapp now too, it may mean that we won't see any substantial updates for the iWork Mac app, other than enhanced compatibility with iCloud.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    Internet Explorer?

    Can someone explain how iWork for iCloud can support IE if no version exists for the Mac platform? Are they saying it will support IE if you are on a PC?

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