iWork.com to be closed as Apple Centers Focus on iCloud

Apple, Inc. is closing the iWork.com public beta site.  They are telling users to log in to the site and download all of their documents prior to July 31st, 2012.  Apple is touting the fact that there are “already 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers“. The iWork service was started in 2009 to much fanfare but has become more of an after thought with the iCloud service being Apple’s new focal point.

In an email received by users today, Apple says:”

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

Apple has focused on the iCloud service since it was introduced, however, with its troubles in Germany over the service, it may be a while before Apple is fully able to implement the service in the way it wants for all customers.  However, with MobileMe (closed last year) and iWork.com both going the way of the typewriter, it is obvious that Apple is liking the way that iCloud is going and will be focusing on the features for that service for a long while.

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