Apple has become relatively discreet with its cross platform apps in recent weeks. But the organization just launched a significant upgrade for these major applications on all systems — iOS, iCloud.com and OS X. The applications now use the latest functions in iOS or OS X, but they also carry long-awaited options.
On iOS, Keynote, Numbers and Pages now can work with Picture in Picture, Slide Over and Split View on iPad. Apple’s clients can now apply all multi-tasking functions in iOS 9 with the company’s applications, and these programs represent ideal examples, as you would want to work on a paper and do its analysis simultaneously. Also, it is extremely important to note that Apple enhanced its VoiceOver assistance for users who are visually impaired.
In the web world, Apple has eliminated the trial tag from its web applications found on iCloud.com. It has also included functions from other systems, since people can now write their own comments and look for version history directly from their web browser. These are important Google Docs options, and it is great to note that Apple is including cross features as well. In addition, users can now see shared docs on their mobile device’s browser.
Customers can finally open their iWork ’06 and ’08 files in the newest editions. You will find loads of other developments, from their OpenType assistance for iMac to upgraded Microsoft Office file compatibility. These are significant improvements in each possible way, even if the company is relatively discreet about them. They are not totally new functions, but their back-end developments are usually more important for efficiency applications, like the ones mentioned above.
You will particularly enjoy the updated collaboration functions. Now that these web features use more types of fonts, allow you to exchange password-protected and view-only files and many more facilities, it is an important substitute for Office web applications or Google Drive software. For instance, the Mac App change log will provide you a better idea of these upgrades, while the company has also a full change log for all its systems on a web page.
This is not the initial time when the giant software producer has created applications for non-Apple platforms: Apple has long provided iTunes programs for Microsoft
Windows customers who want to gain access to Apple’s music or video online stores. For some time, the company has also made a Windows edition for its Safari online browser, however this project has been abandoned for a couple of years.
During the majority of its business activity, the company has been a rather individual entity though. Microsoft and Google have been launching applications for iOS and Mac for a long time. However, Apple has hardly ever launched its own programs for the Microsoft Windows platform and the organization has never created an Android OS application until now.
Could this mean that we will finally get to use Apple’s famous applications, like iWork, GarageBand or iMovie, for Android and Windows?
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