Originally Posted by mstone
I wonder how sandboxing works with MS Office and iWork apps. Will iWorks still be able to open Office docs? Apple's strict regulation of certain aspects of apps might get a little complicated.
We have yet to see how they are going to handle the upgrades to iWork apps. Are they going to be free like they said, or are they going to break the rules and charge for them? Will docs created in one app be accessible to another app? They are not supposed to be.
As to sandboxing -- I suspect the next release of OSX and iOS will refine and broaden the definition of sandboxing/sharing:
1) Any app can register with the OS for the kinds of documents it is interested and can handle.
2) Any app can register with the OS for other apps it wishes to "fast switch to" with a documents -- e.g. document is open in Pages switch to Mail without changing documents -- just change apps.
3) A given app can create a document that is:
-- private (current implementation)
-- public -- read only
-- OS managed -- checked out and updated by any authorized app/user one-at-a-time.
There already is some of this going on in iOS for Apple apps:
-- iOS iMovie you can access iTunes Music and the camera roll with an OSX-like media browser
-- iOS Avid Studio cannot do this directly... no media browser API, so it must read all the music/video/photo entries and build its own index.