While its not the rumored-to-be-upcoming, official offering by the Redmond-based company itself, CloudOn Inc has today released CloudOn for iPad, a unique cloud-based tool kit which claims to allow the creation, viewing, and editing of Microsoft Office® files directly from your iPad.
Supporting Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint®, the app’s developers claim that these cloud applications will “work the way you expect them to, and your files will look [exactly] the way you want them to.”
Don’t lose time switching devices. Use CloudOn to review Word documents, manipulate pivot tables in Excel, and show off your latest work in PowerPoint.
To get started with CloudOn and creating Microsoft Office files in the cloud you’ll first need to make yourself a Dropbox account, which can be easily setup in minutes simply by heading over to Dropbox.com, or following the on-screen instructions when you first launch CloudOn for iPad. Once your Dropbox account is setup, you can begin creating your Microsoft Office documents.
All Word®, Excel® and Powerpoint® documents you create with CloudOn will be able to be opened, viewed and managed via your Dropbox account.
-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
Available in the U.S only – (likely due to CloudOn having to test the initial load on their cloud servers which will be used to create these Microsoft Office documents, before giving access to users in other countries) – CloudOn for iPad is FREE and has been designed to work exclusively with Apple’s iPad, requiring iOS 4.2 – (or later).