Tim Bajarin: Steve Jobs’ legacy lives on; Apple’s iWork for iCloud sets new standard for Web-based productivity tools

“At WWDC last week, Apple announced a cloud-based version of iWork. As Apple demoed this, the whole Flash versus HTML5 brouhaha came back to my mind,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine. “Let’s back up a bit. When Steve Jobs and Apple decided to withdraw support for Adobe Flash in iOS, they got a lot of flak from many corners of the industry. Jobs, of course, had his own ideas as he was pushing for a stable technology to deliver Flash-like content. Now back to Apple’s WWDC keynote. The more I watched how Pages, Numbers, and Keynote work in the cloud, the more I realized that Jobs was right about the impact of HTML5 and its role in providing very rich Web-based applications”

Apple’s new iWork for iCloud works “exactly as if they were local on a Mac or iPad in the Web browser,” Bajarin writes. “While both Google Docs and Office 360 [sic] have similar cloud-based apps, they are not quite as rich as Apple’s new iCloud iWork version.”

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Bajarin writes, “I have a long history in desktop publishing and the DTP features such as text to fit and the ability to drop images and video into a document in the cloud version of Pages really resonate with me. More importantly, all changes to the document on one machine sync and appear in all other locations. While there are many other HTML5 Web apps already on the market, iWork sets a new standard for Web-based productivity tools.”

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