APPLE HAS MADE the iWork platform available to non-Apple users for the first time.
The beta iCloud site has been updated to allow sign-ups from any device, which provides access to some of the features of an iCloud account via the web on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and even Android.
Users of the new service will also be entitled to 1GB of iCloud space just for signing in from another operating system.
The idea of Apple opening its ecosystem is a little leftfield, somewhat akin to Mars suddenly letting blue M&Ms into the packet, but it's not entirely unexpected.
All Apple's iWork rivals, such as Google for Work and Microsoft Office 365, offer a Mac version, so it seems foolish of a company with a small, but influential, portion of the business computing market to continue offering nowt but a walled garden.
Included in the beta suite are Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Drive, Reminders, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
The fight is on to destabilise Microsoft's Office suite as the de facto for productivity, and Apple has realised that it needs the non-Apple community more than it needs exclusivity.
Whether we'll see iTunes and iMessage available to a wider audience any time soon is debatable, but it's a good first step in cross-compatibility in a proprietary world.
We had varying results, however. A user with an active iCloud account had no problems signing in from Windows, but an older AppleID which required upgrading caused complete havoc, requesting confirmation emails that repeatedly failed to arrive.
However, it is a beta, so these little glitches are going to happen. µ
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