It looks like Apple is focusing on rivals’ users more than ever. Mac users are now available to install Windows 10 TP on Parallels Desktop virtual machine, and Windows users will be available to use iWork for iColoud applications suite. This will allow people without iOS or OS X devices to create an Apple ID needed to access Apple’s Web apps.
Apple launched iWork for iCloud, the browser-based version of its productivity apps Pages, Numbers and Keynote in 2013. iWork requires an Apple ID for access, so people with Apple’s devices, such as iPhone, iPad or Mac were able to use it. People who own both Apple’s and Microsoft’s devices were also able to access iWork, but from now on, even people without and Apple-made device will be able to access it.
Experts predicted that Apple’s move to present free iWork and iWork for iCloud might draw some Windows users, but that was before Microsoft lunched its Office apps for iOS. Since 2013, Microsoft has not only presented Excel, PowerPoint and Word apps for iPad and iPhone users, but also significantly improved Office Online service in the mean time.
The advantage of iWork for iCloud is that the service is free of charge for work related tasks, while users of Office Online mush have a business-grade subscription for Office 365 in order to use the service for commercial purposes. Unlike iWork for iCloud version for Apple devices, the Windows-only version of the service offers just 1GB of online storage space to its customers. But there are options of expanding storage space by paying 99 cents per month for 20GB, $3.99 for 200GB, $9.99 for 500GB or $19.99 for 1TB.
If you’re interested in trying iCloud and iWork, you can create your own free Apple ID from the banner notification on the iCloud beta website.