Another Apple cloud service is getting the axe soon. iWork.com beta, which has been in beta since it’s launch in January 2009 and never moved past it, will be getting shut down on July 31st (in case you couldn’t tell from the picture above). This is coming right after the short-lived MobileMe cloud service got shut down just this past week. Apple sees it as unneeded waste of storage now, with it’s “new” iCloud service syncing everything that iWork.com and MobileMe did combined. Apple also has sent out emails to users of the service reminding them of the inevitable shut down, and encourages it’s users to back up their documents to their computers.
The iWork.com service was started as a way for users to upload, download, and share documents with others, including uploading and downloading via the iOS applications. Now though, with iCloud offering a similar, easier to use, and more seamless version of the service, Apple sees no reason in keeping the separated site and instead encourages users to move on to iCloud. At this point, iCloud seems to do everything that MobileMe and iWork.com did combined, and it’s better at it too. So there isn’t really a reason to keep iWork.com alive.
What do you think? Have you still not moved on to iCloud and need to start backing up your documents? Is this the final push Apple needs to get all users on the current offering? Will you miss iWork.com? Let us know in the comments.