• Apple Experiences "Overwhelming Response" From iWork for iCloud Beta, Limits Access

    Apple unveiled iWork for iCloud at WWDC 2013, a new feature for iCloud that will allow users to access productivity suite tools from a Web browser on almost any machine such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. iWork for iCloud is to be released to the public this Fall, but the service is currently available as a public beta as of last week.

    Apparently, since the launch of the public beta of iWork for iCloud, Apple has been experiencing large loads of traffic. In this situation, Apple finds no better solution than to limit access to users until Apple's hardware can be updated to support the large loads of traffic. Users are intermittently receiving a message on the iCloud Web site Monday that alerts them of Apple's "overwhelming response" from users, and that the iWork for iCloud service will be back shortly.

    The pop-up's full text:


    We've had an overwhelming response to [insert app name here] for iCloud beta. Please check back soon.

    In the meantime, you can continue to store your [insert file-type here] in iCloud.
    The overwhelming traffic to iWork for iCloud is a sign that the feature is already popular among users. After all, the ability to access a powerful software suite from a Web browser without having to install software on the computer is indeed highly usable for many different situations including educational and work-related upon many others.

    iWork for iCloud supports Safari, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer, and includes support for Microsoft office files.

    Sources: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Experiences "Overwhelming Response" From iWork for iCloud Beta, Limits Access started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. REMED1AL's Avatar
      REMED1AL -
      Microsoft decides to move to subscription model and Apple opens theirs to the clouds... strange days these be when the closed become opened and the common becomes the lesser.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      How does it differ from google docs? It sounds like a similar service to me and its gonna take a good bit to convince me to switch from google docs.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      I just tried it for the first time and was able to login and use Numbers just fine. It is no longer business hours in the US so maybe that has something to do with it.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Funny thing about this: I have no problem with being locked into Apple's app and hardware platforms, but when it comes to data I insist on services that will remain open regardless of platform. That's why I continue to use Dropbox and Gmail. I'm happy with Apple now, and have been for a while, but one day that may change, and being a hardware company first and foremost, Apple sees no need to support users who don't use their hardware products. This is the same reason why I've steered people away from using ISPs (comcast, AT&T, etc.) for email and toward open free alternatives like Gmail or hotmail.
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