Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Apple/Mac
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Apple
Apple's iWork for iCloud Gets Collaborative

By Barry Levine
November 16, 2013 11:05AM

    Bookmark and Share
iWork for iCloud has remained primarily for Mac users, as the iWork local applications suite has. But, with the new collaborative capabilities of iWork, its popularity in the workplace could increase. At a recent presentation of iWork for iCloud, Apple said that collaboration functionality has been users' most requested new capability.
 



Move over, Google Docs and Office Web Apps. Apple has added collaboration tools to its free iWork for iCloud productivity apps.

The new tools, which had been announced at the end of October when the company launched its new iPad Air and iPad Mini tablet with a Retina display, allow users to simultaneously edit documents, spreadsheets or presentations in the Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps.

At that presentation of iWork for iCloud, the company said that collaboration functionality was users’ most requested new capability.

List of Collaborators

In addition to working simultaneously on files, the supporting features include the ability to list all collaborators engaged in a project, see the cursors and selections of other collaborators, and jump to a collaborator’s cursor by clicking on their name in the collaborator list. Images and shapes animate when collaborators move them around.

Other new features include printing, although it requires that the document in question be turned into a PDF first, which then downloads to the computer for printing. Users, who require an Apple ID, can also now create folders. In Keynote, users can now right-click to skip slides and, in Numbers, the order of sheets in a spreadsheet can be changed in the browser and links can be added.

Last week, Microsoft announced that it was adding real-time authoring to Office Web Apps, which matches the collaboration capabilities that Google Docs first offered about three years ago.

The King

The new Office Web Apps capability allows authors to edit documents simultaneously in the cloud in the suite’s Word Web App, PowerPoint Web App or Excel Web App. A real-time presence feature enables users to see where co-authors are working at the same time, so as to not create conflicts during editing, and changes to text and formatting by a user and by colleagues are shown immediately.

Office Web Apps are free, online alternatives to the on-premises Office suite, providing the core functionality of the key apps.

Office remains king of the productivity apps, although Google Docs have gained some popularity in the online realm. But Docs’ main appeal appears to be as a complement to Office, not as a substitute, at least according to a recent Forrester study of 155 enterprise IT professionals. A key requirement of productivity applications is still compatibility with Microsoft Office so files can be opened, viewed and exchanged with the reigning Microsoft suite.

In this environment, iWork for iCloud has remained primarily for Mac users, as the iWork local applications suite has. But, with the new collaborative capabilities, its importance could increase beyond the addition of just those features, since the value of cloud-based tools is increasingly being driven by the overall value of the surrounding services, like iCloud storage/backup or, someday, perhaps by control via Siri voice commands.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 Apple/Mac
1.   Will OS X Beta Avoid Mavericks Grief?
2.   Earnings, Excitement Grow for Apple
3.   Mac OS Yosemite Beta 4 Released
4.   Apple Smart Watch Patent Surfaces
5.   iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?


advertisement
Apple Digital Book Settlement Set
But company still appealing decision.
Average Rating:
Will OS X Beta Avoid Mavericks Grief?
Apple seeks user feedback on problems.
Average Rating:
Earnings, Excitement Grow for Apple
Momentum mounts as rumors swirl.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.