The New Isn't Much Different Than MobileMe, But It'll Make Your Browser Feel Like An iPad

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The web version of iCloud is finally live for developers, giving them an opportunity to start creating iOS apps to take advantage of Apple’s new cloud storage service.Right now, web versions of Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Find My iPhone, and iWork are up and running.

While those first four aren’t much different from MobileMe’s offerings, it’s iWork that we’re most excited about.

Whenever you add a new document, presentation, or spreadsheet to iWork on your iPhone or iPad, it automatically syncs with You can download the presentation to your desktop from there.

We took the new iCloud web apps for a spin. Check out all the cool features you’ll be using once iOS 5 launches this fall.

Here's the login screen. Enter your Apple ID and password to sign in. (Sorry, this is only for registered iOS developers right now)

Select your language and time zone

Clicking the Time Zone field launches this popup window. Select your region.

Here's the main menu. Each app here is almost exactly like what you see on the iPad. Notably missing: An app for streaming iCloud music and iDisk. Now let's take a look at each app in order, starting with Mail

Here's what Mail's inbox looks like. It's very similar to MobileMe's layout

A new window pops up when you compose a message

Here's the general preferences menu

You can manage your account settings from this tab

Here are your options for composing new messages

Finally, there's the vacation responder. We couldn't find an option to set a timeframe for it though. Hopefully Apple adds that later

Here's the contacts app. Again, it looks a lot like the app on iPad

Contacts will sync with those on your iDevice. You can also add new ones here

Here's the Calendar app

Notifications will show up in this tiny drop-down menu, reminding you of upcoming events

This is what it looks like when you add a new event

Your events will sync between and your iDevices

Find My iPhone isn't ready on yet. But check out the cool iOS-like notification!

iWork is our favourite new feature for icloud. All your documents, presentations, etc. sync automatically. First, you have to enable iCloud syncing on iWork on your iDevice. (Again, this will only work for those with an iOS developer account.)

Once you add a new iWork document to your iDevice, it'll show up on too. Click the document to download.

It took a long time for iCloud to prepare the download

After iCloud processes the file, you can save it to your desktop

Now get ready to use with the next-gen iPhone

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