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Notices warn of upcoming iWork.com shutdown

updated 12:38 pm EDT, Mon July 2, 2012

Apple again urges people to migrate to iCloud

Apple is sending out email notices reminding people of the impending iWork.com shutdown. The service will go dark on July 31st; in the memo, Apple links users to a support article telling them how to save their documents, and also recommends uploading files to iCloud for access across multiple computers and iOS devices. Once this month's deadline has passed, Apple will delete any documents still left on iWork.com.

The service dates back to early 2009, and lets users publish documents from iWork online in a way that can be shared with other platforms, including people using Windows and/or Microsoft Office. It has never emerged from beta, though, and has become somewhat redundant in the wake of iCloud, which is accessible via a Mac, Windows, or iOS.




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  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Yes but...

    The instructions are to log on to www.iwork.com using your Apple ID and password. When I put them in I get "invalid username or password". The same username and password work happily on iCloud.com. So, I would guess there's something broken. Either I'm getting an iWork reminder when I shouldn't get one or the authentication on iwork.com is broken.

    Either way the best an Apple support clone can do is ask me if I've typed my password in wrong and offer to reset it. God sake NO! What part of "it works fine on iCloud" do they not understand? Resetting an Apple ID password is a pain. The same password used on multiple devices for multiple services was always a big mistake.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    @daqman

    I just tried to log onto iwork.com, and it accepted my Apple ID (one of two I use on the App Store and elsewhere) just fine. Have you tried hitting the "Forgot password?" link underneath the login boxes? Even though you clearly haven't forgotten it (I know you said it works fine on icloud.com), might be worth a try just to reset it. Only worth it if you really do need to get some stuff off iwork.com, of course.

    And I agree, the whole Apple ID system is a pain in the butt and needs to be fixed pronto. Apple needs to allow people to merge two or more accounts into one, that's just for starters. The general idea of having just one login for multiple services isn't bad (makes it easier for most people), but as you said, it's fraught with trouble, and it's not helped by Apple's half-hearted execution.

    Regarding iwork.com: I think it's one of Apple's few failures. Had so much potential, could have been "Office 365 on steroids". But they blew it. Started in early 2009, never got out of "beta" in three and a half years. No online editing, no practical sharing features. What they intro'd last year was cool (embedding Keynotes into web pages etc.), but it was a sad case of "too little, too late". If they could only get their asses up and release a new version of iWork already, that would be something.

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