CloudOn is Back! Free Microsoft Office for the iPad App Available

Author: Steve Woods
Published: January 06, 2012 at 4:04 pm

If you’re an iPad owner you probably want to forget the day you discovered there was no full-fledged Microsoft Office app available for your shiny new device. Well Office fans, your day came, and went, and as of today, is happily back again.

A few days ago, tech sites were dancing (awkwardly, of course) for joy as they shared the news far and wide that CloudOn had released the app we’ve all been waiting for. CloudOn is absolutely free (at least for now, as their website hints) and allows users to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files using a real, full-fledged Office interface.

Just twelve short hours after the announcement, however, the app was removed from iTunes, presumably based on issues with keeping up with the overwhelming demand.

Earlier today, CloudOn reappeared, and is now availabe for FREE download from the iTunes store, once again. Dig those pointy hats out of the trash, and turn up the stereo again - we got us a party!

Connecting itself to the cloud-based storage system Dropbox (also free), CloudOn lets you open your Office documents and edit them, same as on a regular PC or Mac. Once you’re done, you can save the document back to Dropbox. CloudOn even lets you create Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from scratch.

Of course, there are other apps that let you do this, such as the $16.99 Documents to Go Premium, but CloudOn is the first program to give you this experience for the cost of a breath of air. Wondering how it all works?

The CloudOn app connects you to a remote desktop-like virtual instance of Microsoft Office run on CloudOn’s servers just for you, which is why you enjoy all the Office features you are used to, on your slick iPad screen. It also means your fingers might click on things it doesn’t want to, as most remote desktop programs for the iPad don’t allow accurate mouse-clicking.

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