'Overwhelming response' leads to Apple limiting iWork for iCloud.com access

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Apple is now limiting access to its iWork for iCloud beta, citing an "overwhelming response" to the iCloud-enabled productivity suite.



The new restrictions on access to the iWork beta appear to stretch across the entire productivity suite, with Pages, Keynote, and Numbers all informing users of the aforementioned "overwhelming response." Users are asked to "check back soon" on when the service might become available for them, and in the meantime, they are still able to store presentations on iCloud.

Apple's notice gives no notice on when the service might become more widely available.

Since rolling out the beta, Apple has been gradually expanding access to the service to users. Shortly after iWork for iCloud's public debut, the company began making it available to some non-developers. In mid-July, Apple opened iWork for iCloud to non-developers, sending out invites to a number of potential participants.

First announced at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, iWork for iCloud is meant to take apple's productivity suite to another level, offering access not only on Macs, but also on Windows PCs running Google's Chrome browser, Internet Explorer, or Apple's Safari. The suite reproduces most of the functionality of Apple's existing desktop iWork offerings, but with the added portability enabled by being browser-based.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 19
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    Works fine at my end, both on www.iCloud.com and [URL=http://beta.icloud.com]beta.icloud.com[/URL]

    edit: sure hope this is not a signal thy can't handle the traffic to their Maps app once 10.9 is released. That one will get hammered way more severely.
  • Reply 2 of 19
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,615member
    philboogie wrote: »
    Works fine at my end, both on www.iCloud.com and beta.icloud.com
    But you were already "in" weren't you? I think this applies to new users, not those already using the beta.
  • Reply 3 of 19
    Good News: There is a lot of interest!

    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!
  • Reply 4 of 19

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post



    Good News: There is a lot of interest!



    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!


    yet.


     


    Google has been kicking ass on the cloud since 98. Apple is "young" but is catching up pretty fast.


    The new datacenters will be ready. Just wait, watch and enjoy.

  • Reply 5 of 19
    blackbookblackbook Posts: 1,361member
    Good News: There is a lot of interest!

    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!

    I think that Apple had low expectations for iWork on icloud to begin with (seems like they always have low expectations of their productivity suite).

    So yes demand outstripped Apple's expectations, but we don't know if that was quantifiably a big number of users. I'm thinking it wasn't.
  • Reply 6 of 19
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,692member
    You need a salacious headline: Apple iCloud "server flaw" prevents new users from accessing. Get them page views.
  • Reply 7 of 19
    Beta software is beta.

    But seriously, this is great news following mixed excitement and a lot of people claiming in comments that they don't know why they would use iWork in the cloud. I think this is the kind of thing that is honestly a really big deal but will go largely without praise; it's expected infrastructure that will be taken for granted.

    Edited for a typo. :)
  • Reply 8 of 19
    This could simply be Apple had a predetermined number of beta users in mind and when that limit was reached new users would see this message.
  • Reply 9 of 19
    gazoobeegazoobee Posts: 3,754member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post


    yet.


     


    Google has been kicking ass on the cloud since 98. Apple is "young" but is catching up pretty fast.


    The new datacenters will be ready. Just wait, watch and enjoy.



     


    The implementation currently has a lot of flaws, but the design is already way ahead of what Google is doing.  Google can't do design at all really.  


     


    Once Apple's is working it will be the preferred service for sure.  It's way slicker and easier to use right out of the gate.  Google has had years and they still don't have it right. 

  • Reply 10 of 19
    Been using it for a couple of weeks and it's pretty excellent, I've had zero issues with it.
  • Reply 11 of 19


    I really hope that Apple does a lot more work on this before taking off the 'beta' tag.  About 1 in 10 documents that I have in the cloud actually open with the beta without any errors.  Some say that features in the document will be stripped out, others simply refuse to open.


     


    I have high hopes for iWork in the cloud.  I love it for storing iWork documents, although the folder limitation is frustrating.  But what I really need is for it to 'JUST WORK' meaning a document created on the mac needs to work on the cloud, on the iPad, on the phone, etc.  If there are features on the desktop app that won't work in the cloud, there needs to be a way to put the desktop app in to 'cloud compatibility mode' so that documents created will work as expected when you need them to.  Not knowing which features are unsupported makes it a guessing game at best.  That makes it a non starter in the business world.

  • Reply 12 of 19
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,087member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post



    Good News: There is a lot of interest!



    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!


     


    The glass is always half empty, right? It's never half full. Can't have any positive thinking can we?

  • Reply 13 of 19
    lkrupp wrote: »
    Good News: There is a lot of interest!


    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!

    The glass is always half empty, right? It's never half full. Can't have any positive thinking can we?

    Just stating the facts man... yesterday, I was called a fanboy -- today a troll.

    FWIW, Likely I have made more positive posts about Apple to AI forums that your entire post count!
  • Reply 14 of 19
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    Likely I have made more positive posts about Apple to AI forums that your entire post count!

    Don't forget informative! And humorous! And insightful!
  • Reply 15 of 19
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post



    Good News: There is a lot of interest!



    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!


    Or they already have all the feedback they can use at the moment

  • Reply 16 of 19

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post



    Good News: There is a lot of interest!



    Bad News: The iCloud infrastructure can't handle it!


    Same old same old.


     


    Apple does not do networking well. That's the sad conclusion I've come to, after a couple of decades.

  • Reply 17 of 19
    This seems like people owning a copy should get preferred.
  • Reply 18 of 19
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,438member
    This seems like people owning a copy should get preferred.

    Or just the devs who signed up for it before it went GA.
  • Reply 19 of 19

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post


     


    The glass is always half empty, right? It's never half full. Can't have any positive thinking can we?



     


    That's funny. being on the forum since 2005, you must have run into Dick's comments. Positive thinking? If you have read his comments you'll realise that even the 'bad news' was excitingly delivered. Dick's been into computers since before I was born and has been an Apple fan forever.

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