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Apple launches beta

updated 01:15 pm EST, Tue January 6, 2009

iWork dot com Beta

Apple as part of its Macworld keynote introduced a public beta of, an online complement to its offline iWork '09 suite. The web-based feature lets users share and collaborate on documents in multiple formats and and is accessible from any iWork app; users can also export documents directly to Google Documents to work on them from the web. The beta is available today for free, accessible from iWork '09, but will be part of a paid service when it goes live later in the year.

by MacNN Staff




  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    as good as Mobile ME?

    My oldest brother, a recent switcher (it took me 20 years, but he finally bought his wife an iMac), commented that "I'm sure it will work as well as Mobile me does." He, of all of my family of Mac users, was most screwed up by the early weakness of Mobile Me, which he'd just bough last summer along with his iMac. natch.

  1. vinnieA2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    better be included in...

    my MobileMe subscription. Charging extra to people who are already paying for webspace with apple would be somewhat unfair. As far as I know, posting Adobe acrobat documents to Adobe for sharing is free....

    and if you can export them to Google documents for free, why bother paying apple?

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    paid service

    Paid service when it goes live later? Google Docs ( is free and works with Mac and PC. Good thing there is choice.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: paid service

    But you might not be able to leave notes on google docs!

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So very typical . . .

    All one finds on the web today is hate, vitriol, contumely, derision, criticism, bile, cynicism, loathing, and the like concerning Apple and today's presentation. Clearly, it is no longer possible for this company to please its own customer base, much less the WinTrolls of the world.

    Given that fact, permit me to recommend that everyone dump his/her AAPL, MacBooks, PowerBooks, iMacs, MacPros, iWork, iLife, iTV, iPhones, iPods, MobileMe, Mac Minis, and anything else you may presently own or use from Jobs and company into the nearest landfill.

    There is no more balm in Gilead. The boob has been de-boobed. And I, for one, weep for what once was.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: So very typical

    Yes, because why should customers have expectations of a company meeting their needs/wants?

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: So very typical ...

    I can totally see where the negative feedback and the whining could get to you, but in all fairness, Apple has been getting greedy and sloppy.

    This is not the apple of 2001, or 1995 or 1989. It just keeps getting worse, as they build market share. If it's like this now at 5%-10% market share, what would happen at 20% or 50%? Would they be just another Microsoft? Or Symantec? or DELL?

    This is one of the good things about the Mac community. They're harshly critical of their favorite company, simply because they pay a premium for a quality product, and they expect to be treated as such (a valued customer).

    I personally think that MobileMe should be FREE for all Mac users. If a Windows user wants to pay for it, fine, but Mac Users should already be entitled to it. Especially people who own licenses for iWork or iLife. Google does it for free (with a lot more services); Microsoft does it for free, and I'm sure there are others. Why can't Apple?

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