06 JAN

CloudOn Brings Microsoft Office to the iPad By Way of the Cloud

by Marianne Schultz
 

CloudOn, a Palo Alto-based start-up, made waves earlier this week when it released its first app in the App Store, bringing Microsoft Office to the iPad via a cloud-hosted solution. Demand was so great that the company’s servers were overwhelmed, causing CloudOn to remove the app from the App Store. However, CloudOn is now back in the App Store and open for registration to new users again.

CloudOn links directly to your Dropbox account, a required element to even use the app. (Dropbox accounts with 2GB of storage are free.) Once connected, you can access existing documents in your Dropbox account and edit them using Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. You can also create new documents in any of these applications, which will also be saved to your Dropbox account.

CloudOn’s WorkSpace allows you to:

  • Use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPad to create or edit documents.
  • Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox account
  • Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files
  • Track changes while reviewing Word documents
  • Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks-Display and edit animation or transitions in PowerPoint presentations
  • Present in full PowerPoint mode (not in PDF)
  • Open files directly from your iPad email accounts or Dropbox account
  • Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes

As you can guess from the app’s name, CloudOn isn’t really putting Microsoft Office 2010 on your iPad but provides a way to use the applications on their servers. Since Microsoft Office is not a free suite of applications, this may sound too good to be true, particularly since CloudOn is also free. However, CloudOn’s blog indicates that this will change in the future when the company defines “a pricing model that is win-win for all.”

If you want an app that can create and edit Microsoft Office documents without requiring an internet connection, there are several alternatives in the App Store including QuickOffice Pro, Office² (and Office² HD for the iPad), and my Microsoft Office weapon of choice on my iPhone and iPad, Documents to Go.

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5 Comments

  1. charmaine

    Hi,ek het vir my i 7″ tablet gekoop,wil net graag weet hoe moet ek maak om landbou toep op te laai,en om die reen op my plaas te kan gebruik,bv.plaas naam in te druk en dan sal hy my se wanneer en hoeveel reen op die spisefieke plaas gaan reen,byvoorbaat baie dankie.

  2. Cybersakkie

    @Charmaine Accuweather sal die beste werk en jan jou reenval van uur tot uur voorspel. Kombineer met Google earth en streetview maps om te sien presies watter plaashek nat gaan wees. 7″ skerm kan dalk sukkel om goeie resolusie te kry, maar dit sal jou leer om Android op jou tablet te he.

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    Wow this sounds like a superb app, why did I not know about it!

    Mind you does it compare to Pages, Numbers, Keynote + iCloud?

  4. Yuriy

    I am a fresh user of CloudOn.
    In iTunes I can add WORD and EXCEL files for CloudOn but I can’t see them in CloudOn on iPad. Is any way to use CloudOn without Dropbox account?
    It is impotent for me, sometime I work with iPad in area without Wi-Fi.

  5. Miasma

    This is stupid

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