Originally Posted by Chris_CA
Not gonna happen.
One thing it integrate it with the OS but to make parto fthe OS?
See MS and Internet Explorer.
Microsoft didn't get in trouble just for bundling its OS with apps; it got in trouble because it had acted to unfairly restrained trade for years in the PC OS market, and had subsequently consented to follow a court order to stop doing certain things that would further increase its monopoly power given that it had killed off all competition in the PC OS market (i.e., the market for bundled operating software for all PCs sold by every PC maker in the world).
Microsoft then violated its consent decree (disobeyed the court) to bundle IE with Windows, in flagrant disregard for the rule of law. Bill Gates and the executives mocked the court by saying absolutely ridiculous things and spewing lies such as the idea that Microsoft couldn't produce an OS without an integrated browser, so that bundling IE wasn't really bundling at all.
Microsoft was found guilty of lying in disobeying the court and in working actively to restrain trade (prevent competition, not competing better/smarter/cheaper/faster in the market).
This is why Google, Palm, RIM, and Apple can bundle browsers with their OSs with no problem. It's not bundling that's the issue, it's monopolizing markets and then agreeing to court restrictions and then violating those restrictions and lying about it.
There is no reason Apple can't bundle iWork. It just wants to make some software revenue from the tittle. Charging shareware-type fees for the three very good apps is fine. It also lets the company push out versions independently from the OS, to prevent one from holding up the other.
In 2010, expect to see new iLife, iWork and hopefully other Pro Apps with support for 64-bit and parallelized code and slick animation effects. iWork is really nice to use, but needs refinement and enhancements. Being free would increase its market installed base, but being paid makes it worth Apple's while to update and improve it. Being low cost achieves both goals.