Apple is getting serious about the cloud. Just two short weeks after offering beta access, Apple has quietly made iCloud available to all, with no Apple hardware required.
Now anyone who is looking for a competitor to Google Docs or the other online office suites can try Apple’s productivity suite. They’ll get 1GB storage to fill with the docs, spreadsheets, and presentations they make with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, but the service does not extend to all of iCloud. Email, for example, is not accessible.
Offering up one of its key services to all users, no matter the platform, is a little unusual for Apple. Just about the only other example of Apple being platform-agnostic would be iTunes (which had to be released for Windows, otherwise there would have been no way to support DRMed music sales).