updated 12:10 pm EST, Sun December 27, 2009
Job listing hints full iWork web app
Apple may be expanding iWork to become a full web app, a job listing has revealed this past week. The company is looking for an Applications Engineer who would help develop a "scalable rich Internet application" and work on the very heart of the design. The new recruit would have to develop both presentation and word processing apps.
The ad is also significant in that it appeared on CrunchBoard but was not visible on Apple's recruiting page at the same time, hinting at Apple reaching out specifically to a very web-centric community.
It's not evident from the posting just what Apple's goal would be, though continued development at all suggests a significant expansion beyond what iWork.com offers today. To date, the site has primarily been a collaboration tool that lets multiple users view the same document and add notes. Actual editing remains offline and greatly limits iWork compared to other web-based apps, such as Google Docs or Microsoft Office Live.