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iWork.com public beta end of life July 31, 2012

Ever since iCloud launched, Apple has shared that they will be moving away from iWork.com as a way for users to store iWork documents in the cloud. Back in March and again at the beginning of May, Apple sent out emails to users indicating that this service will no longer exist as of July 31, 2012. In a support article, Apple suggests users who still need an online service to sync and store these documents move to their iCloud solution.

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iCloud may be the Apple solution for this type of service, however, there are some nuances to using this service that may cause some frustrations for users in accessing and uploading files. It seems to be good for syncing photos, contacts, calendars, and emails. However, the document storage seems to be an opportunity for Apple at least until Mountain Lion is released. MacWorld, Gizmodo, and AllThingsD have good thoughts on the successes of this service as well as the challenges. Check out their thoughts before deciding on how much you will move their or elsewhere.

Apple outlines the following steps for moving your documents off of iWork.com and onto your local machine:

  1. Go to www.iwork.com from a web browser.
  2. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you previously used with your iWork.com account.
  3. In the Shared Documents page, you will see all of the documents you have shared using iWork.com. Click the download arrow associated with the documents you want to download and preserve.
  4. When the drop-down menu appears, select the format you want for your download by choosing from the available options: iWork ’09, Microsoft Office, or PDF.
If you are looking for other places to store and interact with your documents, check out SkyDrive and Google Drive as well.



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