The shutdown of MobileMe was followed by one more unfortunate event, and that is the closing of its iWork.com. This was officially declared by Apple as it sent out email to users of its beta iWork.com service reminding them that their services will be discontinued effecting from July 31st 2012 onwards.
The excerpts of the email sent is as follows:
Dear iWork.com user,
Remember, 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
Moving forward, you can use iCloud to store your documents and make them available across your computer and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
The iWork team
Just like I had my part of brief obituary blogged for MobileMe, I intend to do the same for iWork.com.
iWork.com was launched on January 2009, as a free beta service, with an intention to be a fully subscribed service eventually. As a fully subscribed service, iWork.com was founded on tools well collaborated with iWork documents for a fee. Although this offering never exited beta, Apple had other plans for its users, especially with the success of its iCloud implementation. Which is why, Apple now thrives to be a predominantly iCloud service, with introduction of new options in moving documents around the company, thereby deciding to eliminate the program. Apple wants to further expand the functionality of iCloud, with its upcoming OS X Mountain Lion later this month and of course, the most awaited – iOS 6 this fall!
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