Top 5 CloudOn alternatives

Last updated: January 21, 2015
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.

The best CloudOn alternatives:

Google Docs

Office 365



Latest news about CloudOn

2015. Dropbox buys mobile office app CloudOn

Dropbox acquired Israel-based mobile productivity startup CloudOn. CloudOn claims to have nine million registered users of its service, which allows users to edit, create and share files from Microsoft Office and others online. CloudOn has ceased allowing new user sign-ups today, and it confirmed that its products will shut for good on March 2015 as its 30-person team transitions to working for Dropbox. “We’re thrilled to continue building things that help people work better — and we’re proud and excited to join the Dropbox team to help people be more productive every day,” CloudOn’s executive team wrote.

2012. Microsoft Office and Windows 7 - are already available on iPad

While Microsoft is working hard to bring the promised Office for iPad, a couple of startups have already ported not just Microsoft Office, but also Windows 7 to the iPad thanks to using desktop virtualization technologies. The first of these - CloudOn - provides a free iPad app which lets you create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint documents in the usual Microsoft Office (Ribbon) interface. CloudOn works only in combination with DropBox (your documents are stored there), and if you don't have the DropBox account, you'll need to create it. So far the only free office suite for the iPad was Google Docs. Others (QuickOffice, Documents to Go, Office2) - are paid and cost from $10. The second service - OnLive (which is known for its online games) decided not to limit virtual desktop just to the office suit and offered the full-featured Windows 7 as a service. OnLive Cloud Desktop doesn't require binding to DropBox or any other online file storage but operates on its own. It offers free Windows 7 with MS Office and 2 GB of disc space. And for $10 per month you can get 50GB of storage. The app is expected to appear in the AppStore tomorrow.