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Apple today removed the beta tag from its iWork for iCloud productivity suite, which it opened up to non-Apple device owners earlier this month. Now, anyone with a modern browser and an Apple ID can utilize the web-based office apps which include Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

As seen in the above screenshot, users who don’t have an Apple ID can create one by following the “Create one now” link, regardless of whether or not they own a Mac or iOS device. All that’s required is that they give their name, email address, date of birth and pick security questions.

Once an ID is created, new users can access Pages, Numbers and Keynote Web apps, as well as the Settings page. Here they can create, edit and manage text documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but note that non-Apple device owners will be restricted to 1GB of online storage space.

Even with the limitations, it’s not typical of Apple to open up its software to folks outside of its coveted Mac and iOS ecosystem, so this is still a pretty big move. And as TechCrunch notes, it’s a pretty smart one too, as it provides a fairly low-stakes additional incentive for attracting new users.

Source: iCloud

  • Nick Greenway

    You made a mistake Cody. it still says beta…

    • jabohn

      It’s not out of beta. Most other sites with this article don’t say anything about the Beta tag being removed and it’s still there the next day.

  • jabohn

    How much storage do Apple users get?

    • Chris

      2GB of free storage.

      • jabohn

        Restricted to storing iWork documents right?

      • Chris

        Nope, you can use it for anything, including iCloud Drive.

      • jabohn

        But Apple users already get 5GB free storage just for opening an iCloud account. iWork uses iCloud storage. How does this 2GB fit in?

      • Alex Noyle

        Its 5GB, fairly certain. I don’t know where he got the 2GB from. Works on everything in iCloud.

  • Alex Noyle

    It still says beta for me… odd. It might be taking a while to roll out.

  • Have no reason to use it with Microsoft’s Office online being there, but competition is always welcome in my book.