CloudOn briefly offers Microsoft Office to iPad users with full Dropbox support, then disappears

CloudOn, a free iPad app that offered Microsoft Office functionality with Dropbox support, appeared briefly in the App Store yesterday before going up in a puff of smoke a short time later.

CloudOn has responded saying their app has "sold out", but we think this may have had something to do with server overload.

Thanks for your support of CloudOn! We're currently sold out. We look forward to the feedback we will receive as we continue to support the many users that have registered in this first phase.

The fact that CloudOn came with full Dropbox support for storing and managing office files on-the-go was a great idea for power users, and the overall offering is unique in respect to beating Microsoft to the punch at their own game. This could be another reason the app is no longer available, as Microsoft could have called shenanigans if CloudOn didn't go through the appropriate channels before release.

I gave it a quick whirl when it was actually up and running, and noticed the app was somewhat sluggish from the get-go (probably due to how much it relies on the cloud backend to get things done paired with the influx of users hammering their servers).

We'll let you know as soon as CloudOn is back in the App Store. In the meantime, here's its description:

  • 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

Source: CloudOn

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  • A free app that's sold out. How interesting.
  • When I tried it, it didn't work. I think it was server overload too.
  • It's working now, it looks nice, it's fast too.
  • App store no longer has it.
  • Yeah, umm... hence the first sentence in the article. Sigh...
  • This just sounds like something that would have capacity issues from the start if it's already sold out.
  • I assumed they "sold out" to Microsoft. That Microsoft had made a quick purchase....
  • Well, if they are offering real Office then the only way they could do that is via some sort of remote session. If that's the case then they would need a license for every potentially active session running on their server. Plus there's also the actual server load to consider for running all those sessions.
  • I installed it yesterday when it was released. It wouldn't open anything in my Dropbox. Tried it again this morning and it was working great. Opened every file I had in there, and it looks great. I was disappointed to see it had been pulled - was planning on it being my pick of the week!
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  • I got the app before it "sold out(?). I have to say, though, I'm really impressed. It worked perfectly for me right away. There is a bit of lag at times when scrolling a document, but overall, it's a very Office-like experience - but neater. If CloudOn is smart, they'll get this app back on the market ASAP! They've beaten M$ to the market with a better product, I'd bet.
  • The app is back online, I couldn't find it searching from my ipad but the cloudon website has this link.
  • The app is back. I couldn't wind it on my ipad, but the cloudon website has a link to it in the itunes store.
  • Why is it that a company as big as Microsoft just can't get it right.
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  • I work for Johnson Controls.  Microsoft office is one of many productive tools many fortune 100 companies such as mine uses.  I been trying to get my company to look into using iPads for sometime.  I think Cloud On will be the key app to make that a reality.  
    Office was always the show stopped, now was Cloud On you can manage and edit your files in one place, work directly in Microsoft Office, changes are saved automatically.  Edit Word documents, tracking all of our changes, manipulate pivot tables in Excel and in PowerPoint, use all of the cool animation transitions and charts.  Wow, I can't wait to spread the word.
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  • Guys, i need some help here. :( I'm using iPad iCloud, and i heard about this CloudOn, i can't find it on app store, please help me, i really need this app desperately. Please anyone, be a blessing to me. :'(