AppleWorks' last breath was masked by last week's iMac, iLife and iWork announcements - Apple has discontinued the product.

Apple told resellers of the demise of AppleWorks last week, announcing that the software had reached "End of Life" status. It will no longer be sold. The AppleWorks website now directs users to the iWork section of Apple's website.

The original AppleWorks was written by Robert Lissner and released in 1984 by Apple for the Apple II family of computers, and at one point was the biggest-selling software package in the industry.

The modern incarnation of AppleWorks started life as ClarisWorks, written by Bob Hearn and Scott Holdaway.

At one time, AppleWorks was bundled with all consumer level Macs sold by Apple. It reached version 6.0, where it languished since the late nineties.