by James Laird
Apple has just made its iWork suite of productivity apps available to Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and Android users as it looks to level the playing field against cross-platform rivals like Google Docs and Microsoft Office.
First spotted by 9to5Mac, a new beta iCloud site invites users to register for a free Apple ID regardless of their device, after which you should be able to access iWork, which includes Pages (word processing), Numbers (spreadsheet) Keynote (presentation), and more.
The company's even bundling in 1GB of free iCloud storage space for new users that sign up from other operating systems. Previously, iWork apps were only available to OS X and iOS users.
In addition to Pages, Numbers and Keynote, iWork also features apps for email, contact management, calendaring and to-do lists. They're not necessarily as powerful as what's offered by the competition, but the fact that Apple's starting to slowly chip away at its walled garden is a good sign for many of us.
As the name indicates, the site is still very much in its early days, so you should probably expect a few glitches, but it's worth checking out, especially if you work across Apple devices and other platforms (or are a business that needs to accommodate a wide variety of users).
This article originally appeared on Lifehacker UK -- the expert guide to getting things done more efficiently, whether at home or at work.