As part of its WWDC Keynote earlier today, Apple announced the inclusion of new iCloud Enabled Messages, Reminders, and Notes apps into the forthcoming Mountain Lion version of OSX. All of the above closely resemble their iOS counterparts, and for owners of iOS devices, all of these new apps use the iCloud backend to seamlessly integrate with their iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads.
Apple also announced an enhanced version of “Documents in the Cloud” for use with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Text Edit, and Preview. While the iWork apps previously used iCloud for document backup and iOS synchronization, it was invisible to the user and wasn’t always perfect in its implementation. Now, Apple has added the ability for users to see, and even organize and share, their iCloud files. This is definitely a step in the right direction, and even better, they have also given developers access to these new features in the updated SDK.
It’s a positive sign to see Apple pushing their iCloud service offerings further, especially since they didn’t offer users much in the way flexibility in their initial roll out. It isn’t a Dropbox-killer yet, but this update will be much appreciated by users who are fully immersed in Apple’s ecosystem. Also, it will be interesting to see just how much access they give developers, and what they will be able to do with it.
For those Windows users like myself, only time will tell if Apple will throw us a bone. They did give us Calendar, Contacts, Bookmarks, and Photo Stream last year, but no native document support. Hopefully the looming arrival of Windows 8 will nudge them along.