Apple iWork to be available in the cloud?

Rumour has it Apple is working on bringing iWork to the cloud, allowing users to access and edit Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents from almost any web-connected device.

The move, says AppleInsider, is intended as a response to Microsoft’s projected release of Office for iOS. The site’s source said, “Apple wants Pages to be seen as a replacement for Microsoft Word, Numbers as a replacement for Excel and Keynote as a replacement for PowerPoint.”

According to the source, the system will run on Apple servers and be a separate entity from iCloud, which already offers a “Document in the Cloud” service allowing users to sync files between Mac OS and iOS devices. Interestingly, it’s rumoured to be aimed at business users rather than general consumers, suggesting that Documents in the Cloud will remain in place after its launch.

Apple is reportedly working with VMware on the system, which will incorporate the VMware View virtual desktop software with the three main parts of iWork (Pages, Keynote and Numbers). It is thought that Apple will price the iWork cloud system more cheaply than Microsoft does for Office. If Apple is indeed competing with Microsoft, it would then make sense for the cloud edition of iWork to be compatible with a range of software platforms and not just Apple’s own – so we could feasibly see it running on Windows as well as OS X.

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