Demand for iCloud version of iWork overwhelms Apple
I have been using the beta version of iWork for iCloud this summer, and I have been loving how much power is available to a web application. It is so powerful that I have set up my old Cube in the home office and I am using it to access Pages and Numbers for iCloud. I have not missed at all having the software running on my desktop.
Apparently, I have not been the only person that has been pounding those iWork for iCloud servers. Apple today cut off access for any more new users for a while so they can digest the demands of the users already using the system.
Keep your eyes open – when the beta opens to new users again I highly recommend anyone try out this system. For the first time, I think this is a usable implementation of the old “network computing” vision that Larry Ellison used to talk about all the time.
Here is the Macworld article about Apple cutting off the access for new users [Link]:
Apple throttles iWork for iCloud access for new users
However, if you have already used them, your access to the Web-based versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote will continue unimpeded. Apple invites other users to check back soon for access, and reminds them that they can continue to store their documents in iCloud for the time being, even if they can’t edit them. Macworld has reached out to Apple for comment.
The company first announced iWork for iCloud at the keynote of its Worldwide Developers Conference in June; since then, it opened up access to the service for developers and, late last week, to all iCloud users. However, the version available continues to be in beta, with Apple saying that certain features—including version history, printing, sending a link to a document, and more—are coming soon.
Compatible with Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 and later, and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later, iWork for iCloud is due to see release later this year. For more information on the service, check out our thorough hands-on of iWork for iCloud.