Despite many assumptions to the contrary, it seems that Apple hasn’t forgotten iWork altogether as the company has today posted a job advertisement looking for a software QA engineer to work on the next generation of iWork software. The position advertisement is specifying a software engineer who can ‘work on the next generation of Desktop, Mobile and Web application/services‘. The position appears to be focused on bug detection, isolation and reporting in the iWork suite.
Apple has continued recruiting for iWork engineers sporadically over the past two years, with the latest example coming earlier this year, suggesting that they were in the process for preparing the next major release of the iWork suite. Now that the hiring process seems to be transitioning to QA engineers rather than those who implement new features, the new iWork suite could be in bug testing stage, and thus moving significantly closer to release.
With the last major release of iWork occurring in 2009, many people will be looking forward to Apple’s strategy for taking on Microsoft Office in the coming years.