Apple: to get the axe on July 31 so back up your documents

Apple logoApple is getting ready to pull the plug on before the service even manages to make it out of beta. The company sent an e-mail on Friday to customers who had signed up for to inform them that the service would be discontinued as of July 31, 2012 and any documents stored there would be deleted.

Apple first introduced as part of an iWork software refresh in January of 2009. The goal was to allow iWork users to share their documents online for collaboration with others—sort of like a Google Docs, but by Apple. Since then, however, Apple launched iCloud—among other things, the service allows apps like iWork on the iPad to sync documents to other devices, and the launch of Mountain Lion for the Mac will bring that same functionality to the desktop.

As such, Apple has decided to pull a Google and shut down before it gets to enjoy any kind of non-beta status. Current users are encouraged to log into their accounts and download any documents they might have stored there before the July 31 deadline rolls around (Apple has provided a handy support document for those who need help). Below is the full text of Apple's letter:

Dear user,

Thanks for participating in the public beta.

Last year, we launched iCloud, a service that stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Today, there are already over 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers. Learn more about iCloud.

With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the public beta service will no longer be available. As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the site or view them on the web.

We recommend that you sign in to before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer. For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read this support article at


The iWork team

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, cloud computing

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