Apple recently announced that their iWork.com beta service will be shutting down effective July 31, 2012 in an email to customers. The service was launched in 2009 in conjunction with iWork ’09 and has served as a method to share documents and comments online for many. Since then, the iWork suite of applications has also become available on iOS, with Pages, Numbers and Keynote among the most popular downloads in the App Store.

The email sent out to iWork customers can be found below:



Apple is informing users that iCloud, which launched last fall, is a service that is a fitting replacement for the iWork.com service, which will be shutting down. The company is recommending that users to switch to iCloud’s Documents in the Cloud feature as an alternate service that will provide similar functionality. Apple even goes as far as bringing statistics in its email, stating that forty million documents have been stored in iCloud since the launch of the service and the number continues to grow daily.