Apple has begun inviting select customers to try the company's new iWork for iCloud, the browser-based versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote announced at June's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). iWork for iCloud is in beta, and heretofore available on to registered developer accounts.
The invite seen by The Mac Observer was sent out to an iCloud account holder without developer access. In the past, Apple has either released beta-stage services to everyone, as it did with Siri and Apple Maps, or kept it limited to the large numbers of developer accounts.
Targeted invites—and we don't know how users were selected—represent a new approach from Apple as the company expands the range of products and services it offers.
From that letter:
We’d like to invite you to be one of the first to try it, so we’re giving you early access to the iWork for iCloud beta. All you have to do is sign in to iCloud on a Mac or a PC using the current version of Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer. Then just click on Pages, Numbers, or Keynote and you’re off.
We’re really proud of these apps and we’d appreciate your help in making them as great as they can possibly be. So we’d love to hear your feedback as you use them.
Users with access to the beta see the icons for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on the iCloud home page (when logged in).
Pages, Numbers, and Keynote - in Beta