It has been a few years now since I first moved to the Mac and iOS platforms and I remember all too well the concern I had over not having a compatible copy of Microsoft Office. How would I ever function? Fortunately I was able to find a way because I am more than happy to leave that “business productivity suite” (and I use that term very loosely) behind me. But for many others, Microsoft Office programs are made mandatory by their job.
Instead of using an app to import and export the Microsoft formatted documents you need to work with, give a good look at CloudOn as they offer the ability to seamlessly and effortlessly work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on your iPad.
The disadvantage of course is that it works via the web which means you need an active Internet connection in order to use it, but this can be WiFi or 3G and shouldn’t cause many difficulties.
Those who have used it do caution that this is not like a touch-screen enabled version of the Microsoft Office suite and therefore it should not come as a surprise when that functionality is not flawless or for the most part even existent. On the flip-side, the software is absolutely free which makes up for any of those small annoyances.
For those who are Dropbox diehards, not to worry as CloudOn will also push and pull documents from your storage space there.
We are told that the app has been pulled from the app store temporarily due to overwhelming demand (the expectation is that the load on the servers has been immense but we can expect it will be back and available very soon. If you want to be informed when it has been re-released, sign-up for production information and notification.