Yesterday, Apple sent out an email to users that are registered for its iWork.com beta. The email says that the company will be discontinuing the service as of July 31st. This discontinuation comes as Apple continues to further focus on iCloud. iCloud already offers an easy way for users to keep documents in sync among their various iOS devices.
Dear iWork.com user,
Thanks for participating in the iWork.com public beta.
Last year, we launched iCloud, a service that stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Today, there are already over 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers. Learn more about iCloud.
With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the iWork.com public beta service will no longer be available. As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com site or view them on the web.
We recommend that you sign in to iWork.com before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer. For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read this support article at Apple.com.
The iWork team
The shut down of iWork.com will occur a month after Apple officially shuts down its MobileMe services. Apple has continued to support MobileMe since the introduction of iCloud so that users are given plenty of time to move over to the new service. However, as of June 30th, MobileMe and several of its features such as Gallery, iWeb, and iDesk will no longer be available.
Apple first launched the iWork.com as a free beta in January 2009, with the company eventually hoping to offer the service with tools for collaboration on iWork documents for a fee. In the end, the service never exited beta, and due to iCloud offering similar features for moving documents, the company has decided to eliminate the program. Though iCloud does offer a variety of features, it does not offer the level of features once planned out for iWork.com yet.