At MacWorld, Apple announced its new iWork.com beta, a Google-Docs-esque online collaboration application to work closely with the original iWork program to share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with others. When beta testing is over, it will be a paid service (though the monthly price as of yet hasn’t been released), much unlike Google Docs, which is free.
Apple To Vie With Google Docs
2009-01-07 Apple 4 Comments
Why are they going to charge money for a webservice everyone else is offering for free. I guess they want a piece of the webapp-market but that is not the way to get it.
The service doesn’t even allow online editing, so everybody who want to edit something needs iWorks to do it. While with google docs you can export your document to odf/rtf/pdf/doc OR edit it online.
So a worse service for more money! Too bad google doesn’t give you an option to buy your privacy + ad-less interface back, the only reason I see for not using there service in an corporation.
Edited 2009-01-08 14:02 UTC