CloudOn Brings Microsoft Office To Your iPad For Free [Update: Pulled]


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It’s been rumored that Microsoft is planning an iPad version of its popular Office productivity suite, but until then, we’ve got a free alternative. CloudOn is an iPad app that brings Word, Powerpoint, and Excel to your favorite Apple tablet.

CloudOn integrates with Dropbox to let you edit and create documents on the go. Your work is then synced back to your desktop.

CloudOn lets you:

– 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

You’ll need a Dropbox account to sync your work across devices. Because the app is heavily server-based, the buttons and actions can tend to be a bit sluggish. All of the main Office features you would expect are included, so the app is worth a try for iPad-owning Office fanatics. Download CloudOn for free in the App Store and let us know what you think.

Coincidentally, Apple offers its iWork suite in the App Store. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers can all be download for $9.99 each. You’ll get all the tools that Microsoft offers in a more intuitive interface. It’s a small price to pay for not having to use that hideous menu ribbon.

Update: It appears that CloudOn is no longer available in the US App Store.


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  • Jack G

    No UK app :(

  • Frank Hauser

    It’s a bit ugly and clunky, but it works. In fact, it works the way I was hoping iCloud was going to work with Pages, Numbers and Keynote. I may use it if the slight sluggishness doesn’t dive me nuts.

  • David Quiroz

    I think you crashed them with this announcement, their signup server is now down :-(

  • morgan3nelson

    Not sure how many users they now have – but the service/server seems to be down now.  I certainly hope that this wasn’t just a sophisticated phishing scheme to get DropBox credentials :-)

  • Will Empey

    Now it is showing “currently unavailable” in the App Store

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  • iStevei

    Apple makes amazing interfaces for apps, very easy-to-use, because Apple has huge experience and skills in this area. 

    Mac users have (with export to Word function). Not nessesary install Word if you have Mac or iPad.

  • Frank Hauser

    For me it was less a matter of having Word than having access to my documents without having to upload to or download from iCloud when I want to work on something on my Mac. The access to Dropbox is a cleaner way to do it.

  • PhilRead

    A brief review of CloudOn setup, Dropbox integration and some editing features. I find it will be useful and hope it shows up (again) on the app store. http://www.architecture-tech.c

  • Dan Neumann

    It looks like it is back in the app store. I just downloaded it on the iPad, created a new account, and accessed my information on DropBox. Not sure what happened in January, but it appears that it may be resolved.