iWork for iOS, OS X, and the Web: Shared Feature Set and File Format

Great news for any parsimonious enterprise IT group was Apple’s announcement last week that iWork is now free on all new iOS devices and Macs. iWork is Apple’s productivity suite for iPhone, iPad, Macs, and–with a web version–PCs running Windows or other OSes. iWork includes Pages, a word processor; Numbers, a spreadsheet; and Keynote, a presentation program.

While iWork isn’t direct competition for Microsoft Office on the desktop, it is certainly good enough for just about any productivity needs on a mobile device. And, unlike Office on Windows RT on the Surface 2, iWork is optimized for touch-based devices and small screens, so it’s very easy to learn and use.

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Is Apple adding a database to its iWork suite of office tools?

Curious timing here. Apple already announced the iPhone 5S and 5C, and rumors are they will announce a new iPad and iPad mini next month. Apple also announced the iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) suite of apps will be free for every iOS device sold.

Also coming soon is Mac OS X Mavericks and new Macs. Will iWork be free for them, also?

If so, does iWork need a database? Apple subsidiary FileMaker already made a very nice and consumer-friendly database for iOS and OS X called Bento. (Note: it was not in any way enterprise-worthy, and could not hold a candle to Microsoft Access, even.)

Curiously, Bento is being discontinued at the end of September, right before Apple’s next major iPad and Mac announcements. Are these events linked? Or is it just coincidence?

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