Apple today announced they would be ending the public beta for their iWork.com service. The service, which iCloud largely replaced, will end on July 31, according to All Things Apple.
Launched in January 2009 at the Macworld Conference & Expo, iWork.com enabled users to view, download, and comment on documents created with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. To work, users needed to have a copy of the iWork ’09 software suite. With the release of iCloud in 2011, iWork.com is no larger necessary, since the newer service allows the sharing on online documents.
According to an email Apple sent out to iWork users, the service will remain active until the end of July. From that point forward, however, any documents stored on the iWork website will be lost. Users are encouraged to download these documents as soon as possible.
Given iWork.com never left the beta state, this news doesn’t come as a surprise. Still, it’s surprising Apple didn’t do much with it in the two years between the time the service was released and when iCloud went live.
We’d like to know – did you actually use iWork.com? If so, will you begin using iCloud, or move to another service like Google Docs?