Originally Posted by ascii
What's so implausible about them just gradually improving native iWork over the years and releasing periodic updates?
There would have been an update a year, not incremental ones beyond bug fixes. That we're getting an update (and don't know its scope) doesn't yet tell us much about what they've been doing.
Oh, sure. Not a single argument there.
It is going to suck up a large amount of development resources on an ongoing basis just to keep this web version up and running.
I'm not sure about that, though. I can see a moderate investment being required to keep feature parity, but…
iOS users will just use the iOS version and OS X users will use the OS X version, so the only people who will use this are PC and Android users…
Bingo! Exactly! That's really what it's for! It's for Mac users forced to use a PC and for PC users to see what they're missing. It's a switcher tool, like iTunes. They get to actually use the software they don't have access to.
All you need for switchers is the ability to import/export lots of different file formats. That is definitely something I would favor them working on.
Not if they're still making up their minds. Not if they don't want to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars in buying a Mac and THEN doing this. At any rate, it seems they're listening; Office documents seem to import just fine.