Apple just fired a shot at Google Apps and Microsoft Office (AAPL, GOOG, MSFT) – Silicon Alley

Apple has stepped up its efforts to hit its two biggest rivals — Microsoft and Google — where it hurts. Apple has opened up a public beta that allows anyone, PC or Mac, to use the cloud version of its office productivity suite, iWork, free via a browser. You'll need an Apple ID, and Apple is now allowing anyone to create one — no Apple device needed. Just point your browser to IWork includes the standard set of office apps: word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation software. The cloud version lets multiple people work on a document at the same time, as they can with Google Apps or with Microsoft's cloud apps OneDrive (the freebie version) or Office365 (the paid version). Apple describes its cloud version of iWorks like this: Just log in from your browser on your Mac or PC and launch the app you want to use. All the documents you create will be saved in iCloud, and any changes you make will automatically appear in the iWork apps on your iOS devices...

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