Apple has officially ended the iWork.com beta and with it, the entire iWork.com service initially designed for web browser use. Customers can no longer access the web interface to move their files to iCloud, or to download them onto their hard drives outright, going by Apple’s announcement.
After countless warnings spanning the last few months, Apple has finally axed its iWork.com beta
before being able to release it as a finalized product.
“After July 31, 2012, you can no longer publish new documents to iWork.com from any iWork application on your Mac or iOS device. Documents already shared on iWork.com will not be available to you or to those you shared documents with,” the company stated.
Whether or not it was the lack of popularity, or the integration with iCloud across all Apple platforms, the service will no longer be usable in a web browser starting today.
End-users are still able to salvage their important text documents, keynote presentations, and spreadsheets using the Mac version of the iWork.com tools, according to some customers.
A big yellow sign (pictured above) says the service ended July 31st, and there are a couple of links that direct customers to several documentation pages.
“With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the iWork.com public beta service will no longer be available,” Apple states. “As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the iWork.com site or view them on the web.”
“We recommend that you sign in to iWork.com before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer,” the company previously said.
Apple offers detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer via this support article
Those who have made public any iWork.com documents need to remove and / or replace links to the documents and embedded Keynote presentations from their websites, as they will no longer direct visitors to the respective content.