While iWork on the Mac is still languishing in the last decade, a new report is suggesting that Apple has been working with Windows virtualization company VMWare on a special version of iWork for iPad. According to CRN (spotted by 9to5Mac), the new iPad app will utilize desktop virtualization to offer cloud versions of the iWork suite of apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote). The app will essentially function as a separate infrastructure from iCloud, and will be predominantly directed towards the enterprise market.
The report notes that the new iWork software will go into direct competition with Microsoft, as the Apple rival has been rumored to be in the middle of preparing a Microsoft Office suite for the iPad. The launch of Office for iPad has been rumored to take place in March 2013, and as it stands, this new software will hopefully be making an appearance sooner rather than later.
That said, one could look at this with a very cynical eye and suggest that Apple has been neglecting iWork for OS X in favor of getting it established on iOS devices, so there’s no reason to think that this could be coming soon. While iWork for iOS is all very well and good, Apple needs to get the Mac version updated asap, or it will be a less than stellar launch for the new enterprise-directed iWork app.