“Apple has opened up its iWork for iCloud beta to a large number of new beta testers, so I’ve spent a couple of hours taking a look at what’s inside the cloud-based productivity suite,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.
“All three apps are fast,” Evans writes. “Move on page items around and you’ll see near real-time text wrapping around objects and images; you experience near instant application of formatting, style and even font substitutions (I count 47 fonts within Pages).”
Evans writes, “Performance is reassuring, though we will have to wait until the suite is made more widely available before we can be certain Apple’s servers can consistently maintain the suite’s responsiveness when it is being used by large numbers of people at once. Given that iCloud is frequently slated for performance log jams this point will be critical to the success of this suite.”
“I’m impressed with iWork for iCloud,” Evans writes. “Fast and responsive, and accessed through a pleasantly laid out interface, if this is the future of Web apps and Apple’s first move into offering a suite of cross-platform cloud-based tools, then I think it’s safe to say we’re resolutely now in the world of post-PC.”
Much more in the full article here.