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Summary:Apple will kill its document-sharing service at the end of July, the company said on Friday.

Apple will kill its document-sharing service at the end of July, the company said on Friday.

In a support note, Apple said 31 July would be the last day anyone can publish new documents to the service from their Mac or iOS iWork productivity tools — although there would be little point in doing so before then either, as documents already shared on will cease to be available.

"You can use iCloud to share documents between your computer and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch," Apple said in the note. The post also explained how users can retrieve their documents from the service before it dies.

The productivity-focused service has been around since the start of 2009, although it never left public beta mode. The newer iCloud service covers online storage and synchronisation for a wider variety of content, from documents to apps and photos, and also replaces services such as MobileMe.

However, iCloud does not offer the document-sharing capabilities of, and Apple has advised those who linked to documents to remove those links before the kill date.

"If you have published any documents publicly [using], make sure you remove links to the documents and embedded Keynote presentations from your websites before 31 July," Apple said in its note.

Topics: Telcos


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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