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Test Drive iWork for iCloud Beta

First, Apple announces a new design to their iOS with iOS 7 (to be released this fall). Now, we’re edging closer to the unveiling of iWork for iCloud. Select users now have access to Beta versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

This move to bring productivity services made by Apple to a Cloud environment makes complete sense when you look at the success of Google Drive, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, and other services. Productivity in the cloud is becoming a very important feature for both businesses and individuals.

Let’s face it: we’re becoming more Cloud-based in our habits, right? A few years ago, most people were comfortable using software on their computers to complete daily tasks such as word processing (Pages), creating presentations (Keynote) and spreadsheets (Numbers). But with improved Wi-Fi and more options, not to mention Google’s Chromebook (a laptop which uses cloud services exclusively), it made sense for Apple to join the Cloud services arena.

Pages, a Mac or iOS exclusive, is one of the most visually stunning word processors out there with the ability to create professional templates.

Numbers, by contrast, is all about plugging figures into a spreadsheet, but the layout and design are much more appealing – visually, anyway – than your average Excel spreadsheet.

Keynote, is to Apple as PowerPoint is to Microsoft. For all your presentation needs, developing slideshows, or other creative projects, Keynote is worth trying.

The best part about all of these products is that you will be able to access them from almost any browser. Additionally, if you own an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch (and have the apps) it’ll synch to those devices, so you’ll always be up to date.

iWork will be compatible with the current versions of Google Chrome, Safari, and yes, Internet Explorer. Learn more about it here.