Rumor: iWork to migrate to the Web for Macworld Expo

Rumor: iWork to migrate to the Web for Macworld Expo

Summary: A rumor making the rounds (originatng from 9To5Mac.com) claims that Apple may use Macworld Expo – which starts next week in San Francisco – to launch a Web-based version of iWork.

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A rumor making the rounds (originatng from 9To5Mac.com) claims that Apple may use Macworld Expo – which starts next week in San Francisco – to launch a Web-based version of iWork.

iWork '08 currently comprises three apps: Kenote (presentations), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Pages (word processor) and is current available as a boxed, retail software package from Apple's online and retail stores ($79) and from Amazon.com ($70). It would be a coup if Apple added a fourth, database application to the mix, but that's just wishful thinking at this point.

Rumor: iWork to migrate to the Web for Macworld Expo

It's certainly due for an update. iWork '08 was was last updated on 07 August 2007 which is 512 days (one year, 5 months) from the Macworld Expo keynote address next Tuesday. iWork '06 was released 575 days (one year, seven months) prior and iWork'05 a year before that.

A jump to the cloud? That's a big jump. Although Apple made huge strides with its MobileMe's Web apps (email and calendar) but it may be a little gun shy after the MobileMe syncing fiasco that ensued when Apple tried to launch its most aggressive online venture ever – while simultaneously releasing the brand new iPhone 3G. Not the best idea hatched out of Cupertino.

If Apple re-brands Google Docs and Spreadsheets (Eric Schmidt is on the Apple board, Hello!) I'm all for it. Google's Web office apps are mature, stable and I'm fluent with them. Apple shouldn't re-invent the wheel on this one because Google's already done all of the heavy lifting. But if the new Web apps have the ability to read and edit spreadsheets and word processing documents on the iPhone and iPod touch, they'll be an unmitigated success. You can't do that currently without third-party software.

Which they're at it, Apple should use some of their war chest to acquire SUMO Paint, a Web-based image editor is almost a complete clone of Photoshop – try it, I'm serious.

Topics: Software, Apple, Browser, CXO, Collaboration

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  • Hehe, I remember the MobileMe epic fail!!

    That was the time when Apple was proud of delivering [url=http://www.nowpublic.com/tech-biz/10-cent-apples-mobileme-mail-was-lost] up to 90% of email sent to a MobileMe account. [/url]

    I think a 90% delivery rate for an email system is pretty good, don't you? ;)
    NonZealot
  • RE: Rumor: iWork to migrate to the Web for Macworld Expo

    Jason all these apps going to the cloud is only good if you have
    the download limits you have in the Usa. Rest of the world sit back
    and be screwed by the dominant telco of your country
    iCrashman
    • RE: Rumor: iWork to migrate to the Web for Macworld Expo

      When one pays for internet usage based on the amount of information transferred, "cloud" computing can become prohibitively expensive. When one can only get internet access via dial-up, paying per minute phone charges in addition to per byte/megabyte charges, "cloud" computing is impractical. When one takes into account security concerns and "trusting" Apple or Google or Microsoft or anyone else with one's documents, "cloud" computing may be unwise. It's a cool idea, but....
      AllenKenya
  • The iWork database

    probably won't happen - it would compete
    with Bento from Filemaker.

    Since Apple owns FileMaker I think they
    will let Bento handle the db tasks.

    The surprise for me is that Apple isn't
    promoting Bento that much. There isn't
    even a "trial version" available with new
    Macs.
    Ken_z
  • RE: Rumor: iWork to migrate to the Web for Macworld Expo

    Almost a complete clone of Photoshop except for it's
    inability to use large images or perform with a significant
    number of layers . . . sorry, but Flash apps are STILL light
    years behind native apps.

    And that would be the same issue with Pages (and some
    people complain about Pages performance for reasonably
    complex documents).
    JulesLt3