Apple has 4 web apps in beta status when you log in at www.icloud.com:

  • Photos
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote


Since the FAQ and help section state that questions about Pre-release, non-publicly available beta software and software granted only under an NDA are off-topic, should any or all of these be on-topic while they say "beta"?

  • I'm pleased you brought this to a separate question—interested to see the community consensus here.
    – grg Mod
    Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 20:32
  • My vote is no to this since it's not NDA encumbered or "pre-release, non-publicly available" and since my overall feeling is we want to host quality questions about this iCloud / web app part of iWork.
    – bmike Mod
    Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 20:34

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My opinion is that they should be acceptable (and not off-topic) much in the same way Siri and Messages were. While they are are technically "beta", I think it is largely in name only as the general public has easy access to them from the default panel in www.iCloud.com.

I think they also come very close to fitting into the FAQ criteria as they really aren't pre-release, and are public available.

I believe they used to be only accessible from beta.icloud.com in which case, I think it would be different, as it would more more fit into the "pre-release" clause.

  • Add Google betas to this exception - they can go for some time as well. Normal; betas have a projected end date and will become a release not just the developer can't be bothered to plan or decide to remove it at a whim (If a beta none can complain as they should not be using it for anything valuable)
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 11:40

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