The Apple event that took place yesterday in San Francisco, California unveiled a plethora of new hardware and software; both as upgrades and indie offerings. On the software front, Apple unveiled a new feature on iWork that enables real-time collaboration.
This feature will enable Apple devices users work on a project together from different locations via real-time collaboration. To get an overview of what iWork is and how it works, think of Google online office suite; the Sheets, Docs, and Slides. Microsoft too has a free online version of its MS Office suite that gives users real-time collaboration. Although, the free online MS Office suite is not the entire package. It has Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
iWork’s upgrade marks Apple’s debut into the world of real-time online collaboration, and it is going up into competition against Microsoft and Google’s online collaboration tools. iWork users can collaborate on the same project from their Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even the web.
Apple’s target market for this app is students and professionals who frequently find themselves in situations they have to work on the same project with their colleagues. Just like Google’s and Microsoft’s office suites, users don’t have to be physically together (in the same geographical location) they can work remotely from anywhere, provided they have internet access.
With the iWork web, it should also mean, users don’t have to be confined themselves to just using Apple devices. Other users can use the web version of the iWork even from PCs running Windows or Linux OS via the browser.
It was demoed on stage by Susan Prescott, Apple VP of Product Management. She is also the first female presenter at the Apple’s event. Prescott demoed iWork live on stage; where she and other Apple staffs worked on some images in real time. Right there before the audience!
Good, thing it was a fully-baked product. Otherwise, it would have been a big embarrassment for the fruit company if it had failed to work or the process was marked with bugs. Live demo right on the stage deck takes some guts; guts spawned from the confidence the product is properly and fully baked.
To have a test drive of the Apple’s new offering in iWork, click here.