Apple has made the beta version of its web-based iWork suite free for users who don't own any actual Apple hardware.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Apple announced last October that its iWork suite would be free for new iPhone, iPad and Mac buyers -- but not for existing owners. But as one Australian buyer discovered, Apple's advertising of the products as "free" in some contexts means you might be able to score a free copy under Australian consumer law even with an older device.
Apple announced its Google Docs competitor, iWork for iCloud, earlier this year. Now it's finally available for users to try out.
Mac OS X only: You've already heard about the new features and upgrades the latest iteration of Apple's office suite iWork '09 is getting—and now you can give them a test drive. Download the 30-day trial of iWork '09 before you commit to the $129 investment. What are your favourite apps in iWork<? What do you use 'em most for? Post up your devotion to Numbers or Keynote in the comments.