Apple's iWork office apps will be speedier and more collaborative on iOS 7 and the new OS X Mavericks.
New versions of Apple's office productivity apps debuted today alongside new versions of the iPad and MacBook Pro. That includes updates to the Pages word processor, Numbers spreadsheet editor and Keynote presentation maker. The updated suite will be free on all new Mac and iOS devices.
Notably, iWork now integrates seamlessly with iCloud, so users can collaborate on documents in real time, similar to the functionality of the Google Docs suite of Web apps. Users can grant other iWork users access to documents for collaborative editing via the iWork for iCloud Web portal.
The portal has been available in beta form since summer, but the full release launched today.
The launch gives Windows users access to iWork for the first time, albeit through their Internet browsers. It also lets teams more easily work together to produce documents and plan projects in iWork across Mac and PC platforms. Full iCloud support also gives users access to their documents from any Mac, PC or mobile device.
Apple's upgrade office suite is now primed to go head-to-head with Google Docs as well as Microsoft Office 365, which also features full cloud integration via Microsoft's SkyDrive service.
Users of the desktop versions of Apple's iWork suite can also expect a speed and performance boost now that all iWork apps have been upgraded with 64-bit compatibility.
In addition to showing off an iOS 7-style makeover for iWork, Apple today demoed a host of new features and tweaks for its office apps. That included a context-sensitive side panel for Pages, interactive charts in Numbers and new visual effects and animations for Keynote.