iWork.com is permanently shutting down on July 31, 2012. iWork.com was launched by Apple back in 2009. And since then iWork services existed in beta. But now after three years, the company has decided to shut down iWork.com.
According to Apple, this is being done because Apple has it’s focus on iCloud, a service that was made live to public in October last year. This is the right thing to do, because iCloud already offers similar functionality as iWork.
iCloud is so much more than a hard drive in the sky. It makes it quick and effortless to access just about everything on the devices you use every day. iCloud automatically and securely stores your content so it’s always available to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. It gives you access to your music, movies, apps, latest photos, and more from whichever device you happen to be using. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required. No management required. In fact, no anything required. iCloud does it all for you.
Apple has started sending out emails to users who had registered for iWork.com beta. They are letting users know that iWork.com will be shut down permanently on July 31, 2011. This is being done because Apple has it’s focus on iCloud, a service that was made live to public in October last year.
Below is the email reading, which Apple is sending to their registered users.
“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.”