Apple Shutting Down iWork.com On July 31st, Time To Move Your Documents To iCloud

Apple Shutting Down iWork.com On July 31st, Time To Move Your Documents To iCloud

Apple has announced that it is shutting down iWork.com on July 31st. The website was a beta product that Apple launched back in 2009 to store documents created with its iWork productivity suite. Since then, iCloud has been introduced to let you keep your documents wirelessly synced across devices, and there is no need for iWork.com anymore.

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.

iCloud.com is the new home on the web for files created in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. OS X Mountain Lion will let you automatically save a new document to iCloud instead of your computer hard drive, as Apple is continuing to focus on the cloud as the hub of our digital lives.

If you have documents stored on iWork.com, here’s what you need to do before the end of July:

Here are steps to download your documents from iWork.com:

  1. Go to www.iwork.com from a web browser.
  2. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you previously used with your iWork.com account.
  3. In the Shared Documents page, you will see all of the documents you have shared using iWork.com. Click the download arrow associated with the documents you want to download and preserve.
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, select the format you want for your download by choosing from the available options: iWork ’09, Microsoft Office, or PDF.

If you have published any documents publicly, make sure you remove links to the documents and embedded Keynote presentations from your websites before July 31, 2012.

iWork.com was a pretty terrible product, so we’re glad to see it go. Like MobileMe, it wasn’t an attractive solution for storing and syncing data in the cloud. Adios, iWork.com! Long live iCloud!

  • LukealiciousX

    Oh, that’s on my birthday.

  • Ben Graham

    they’ve basically announced the release date for mountain lion.

  • Micha? Belka

    I likes iWork.com. Not for storing and syncing – it was never for this. But for sharing especially with people who doesn’t have Mac or iPad. I wonder if there will be anything similar :/ Not good Apple, not good.

    And BTW – since iWork.com was integrated in iWork for Mac, I wonder if there will be some major update since there is sooooooo much they have to do…

  • Cgs101

    oh that’s a shame… I really like iWork.com and have been using it a lot in the last 12-18 months. It’s one of those things that “just work” perfectly!
    Pages & Numbers are not fully on the Cloud yet so can’t access them from my Mac (although I have documents & data on in my settings) so does this mean they only want us to work on iPhone and iPads for excel sheets and documents?Even in the apps though, you can’t share documents (as they’ll also be deactivating iDisk and the apps don’t link to services like Dropbox) so do we have to keep emailing work to ourselves? or even worse, keep downloading and reuploading to iCloud.com ?? 
    I don’t understand why having the iCloud means deactivating other fab services that can co-exist like iWork.com, iDisk and the Gallery. 
    :(

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