Apple’s iWork for iCloud productivity suite was already a solid option for business users who need to create and edit documents on the go. Now a new update to the suite makes it a better option for collaboration, adding the ability to share password-protected files. New mobile and Web versions of Keynote, Numbers and Pages are now available with the option to share a protected document with anyone. Apple also added a new list view to iWork for iCloud to help users locate shared documents.
The update is a big deal for business users who want to use iWork as a serious business tool, and it goes a long way toward making iWork for iCloud a serious competitor to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 platform. With password-protected file sharing, business users can share private documents with clients or colleagues with a high degree of certainty that only the intended audience will view them.
Apple launched iWork for iCloud in the fall, opening the door to real-time collaborative editing for the first time. The update also added host of new features and tweaks for its office apps, including a context-sensitive side panel for Pages, interactive charts in Numbers and new visual effects and animations for Keynote. The apps are now included for free on all new Mac computers and iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads.