Apple has made its iWork suite of productivity apps freely available for non-Apple users on Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and Android platforms as part of the iCloud beta.
The Pages word processor, Number spreadsheet and Keynote presentation apps can all be accessed through web browsers on non-Mac OS X and iOS devices.
Existing iCloud users can sign into their accounts from any device and gain access to beta versions of the iWork apps.
New users will be able to create accounts to gain free access to the iWork suite, even if they do not own an Apple device. New users will be given 1GB of free iCloud storage when signing up from other operating systems.
iWork also provides access to Apple's calendar, email, contacts and reminders apps, which can be synced with the same apps on iOS and Mac OS X hardware.
Apple made the iWork apps free in 2013 to anyone who bought a new iOS device, but this is the first time that non-Apple device users have been given access to the apps.
The iCloud beta is indicative of a move to expand the reach of Apple's productivity tools, bringing the firm into competition with suites such as Google for Work and Microsoft Office 365.
Like these rival offerings, Apple's iWork apps allow users to save documents in the cloud and access them on another device, either directly on iPhones or iPads with the iWork apps, or through a web browser on non-Apple devices.
Discussions on Apple's community forums have noted a few glitches with the iCloud beta, but the firm looks set to continue removing a few bricks in its ‘walled garden' app ecosystem.
Apple appears to be making moves to bolster as well as expand its app ecosystem, having doubled the size limit of iOS apps from 2GB to 4GB.
The company said on the Apple developer blog that the move allows developers to create more complex apps by using higher resolution images and video.
"You can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience on installation," Apple told its developer community.
Apple confirmed that the new size limit will not affect the 100MB limit on app downloads over cellular networks.
Apple has also strengthened the security of its communication apps, adding two-step verification to iMessage and FaceTime.
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