If you’ve been interested in trying out Apple’s iWork suite of productivity apps for yourself, but don’t have an Apple device to try them on, you’re in luck: Anyone can now create an Apple ID and sign into the iCloud Beta website to use Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free.
Although it only works on the beta website for now, if you go to iCloud Beta, you have the option of creating an Apple ID at the bottom of the page. Once you sign up, you get access to the productivity apps plus 1GB of iCloud storage space for your trouble.
It’s unknown whether Apple plans on bringing this to the main iCloud site, although I would think so. By making it easier for new customers to check out iWork, Apple’s lowering the bar to entry for people for whom excellent productivity software is the biggest criteria when buying laptops, desktops or tablets.
We all know that iWork is just as good as Microsoft Office, but a lot of Windows users don’t. Now they get to find out for themselves, for free.