“A small Macintosh software developer has renamed an application it had been calling iWork, lending credence to rumors that Apple plans to introduce office software of the same name,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “IGG Software, which has marketed a time-billing application as iWork, has changed the program’s name to iBiz. The change, which is reflected on the company’s Web site, follows reports on rumor sites that Apple plans to offer its own suite of word processing and presentation software… Several Macintosh enthusiast sites spotted the iBiz name change, including MacDailyNews and MacMinute.”
Fried reports, “The name iWork may seem a natural for Apple, which already bills its iLife suite as being ‘like Microsoft Office for the rest of your life.’ But the term is already used by many others. Sun Microsystems, for instance, uses the name for a program that allows its employees to work remotely. IGG Software applied for a trademark of the term in March 2003. In August 2004, Apple also filed for a trademark on ‘iWork.’ IGG’s application is currently suspended, while Apple’s is listed as newly filed and not yet assigned to an examiner. Other trademark applications are also pending for both ‘iWork’ and ‘iWorks.’ It is unclear what effect an Apple product might have on Microsoft’s long-term support for the Mac version of Office. The company, which at one time had a five-year pact with Apple to provide Mac versions of Office and Internet Explorer, now says that it evaluates new products one version at a time.”
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