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Apple shutting down iWork.com this summer, back up now

iCloud claims the scalp of iWork.com, as Apple is shutting down the site. Anything you have there will be lost forever.

Bad news if you still use iWork.com -- Apple is shutting down the site, meaning anything you have stored on there will be lost forever. The good news? It's not happening until 31 July this year, so you've plenty of time to back up your documents. Oh, and iCloud will take over as your cloud-based back up service of choice.

"After July 31, 2012, you can no longer publish new documents to iWork.com from any iWork application on your Mac or iOS device," reads the post on the Apple site. It also advises you to log on to iWork.com and download your documents to your computer as early as possible -- so don't hang about.

iCloud has already claimed MobileMe as its first victim. That particular Apple service had its plug pulled at the end of June this year. Steve Jobs reportedly wasn't best pleased with MobileMe, asking staff what it was supposed to do, then asking why the hell it didn't do that. (I'm paraphrasing here, Jobs was reported to use fruitier language.)

iCloud wirelessly syncs everything on your iPhone and iPad to your other Apple devices. Buy an app, and it'll appear on every Apple device you own. Everything's backed up to the cloud too, so lose your iPhone, or upgrade to a new one, and the minute you unpack your shiny new device you can pick up where you left off. Smart. And best of all it's free. For more info, check out our complete guide.

Steve Jobs introduced iCloud back in June last year. It launched in the UK before Christmas, alongside iOS5, the latest update to Apple's mobile operating system.

Did you use iWork.com? And do you think iCloud is an improvement? What about MobileMe, what was that all about? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.