Apple shuttering iWork, pushes users to iCloud

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will discontinue its iWork.com productivity apps suite on July 31. Moving forward, users who wish to share documents between their computer and iOS-based mobile devices can use the company's iCloud content storage service.

The iWork system, which included applications like Keynote, Pages and Numbers, first launched on Apple's Mac desktop platform before expanding to the iPad and later the iPhone and iPod touch. Positioned as an alternative to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Office product suite, iWork offered users the tools to create and share presentations, documents and spreadsheets. After July 31, consumers can no longer publish new documents to the iWork.com beta site; users are urged to download all existing iWork documents prior to that date. Click here for details.

Apple launched iCloud in June 2011 as a replacement for its MobileMe service. iCloud automatically syncs content on Apple servers for access across iOS devices as well as Macs and PCs--each day, the service backs up all of the user's iOS devices over Wi-Fi, storing content including purchased music, apps and books as well as photos, videos, device settings and app data. Last week, Apple expanded iCloud to include digital movie purchases.

All iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion users are given 5 GB of free iCloud storage. Consumers looking to expand their digital lockers are charged $20 per year for 15 GB total, $40 per year for 25 GB or $100 per year for 55 GB total. There are currently 100 million iCloud users.

For more:
- visit the Apple Support website

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