Adam Engst of TidBITS has a smart piece on the demise of iWork.com, the never-out-of-beta sharing site for iWork files. Go read Apple Finally Puts iWork.com Out of Its Misery. It’s a good piece, but there’s this really smart observation at the end:
Put bluntly, Apple has never understood how to support collaboration, and technologies like iCloud and sandboxing seem to be headed in the opposite direction.
I think this is very true. iCloud does syncing, mostly, but it really needs to go beyond that. Other than the utility of storing and being able to re-download content purchased from Apple, and the usefulness of iTunes Match, Dropbox offers me more ease of use and functionality than iCloud. I can sync, backup, share and collaborate.