CloudOn brings Microsoft Office to iPhone; Windows 8 app coming

While we wait for Microsoft to finally release a native port of Microsoft Office to iOS devices, the company called CloudOn has been offering iPad users a way to access a cloud-based version of Office for some time. Today, CloudOn released the latest 3.0 version of its iOS app via iTunes and it finally adds support for the iPhone to the mix.

The new version also adds support for a new reading mode for the iPhone version only; CloudOn 3.0 also supports the iPod Touch and the newly released iPad mini tablet. Finally, the new version adds support for Microsoft's SkyDrive data storage service. As with previous versions, the new CloudOn update lets users read, write and edit Office documents while online and accessing the company's cloud servers.

Venture Beat reports that CloudOn currently has over two million registered users and its founder Milind Gadekar claims that its number of active users is "literally doubling every quarter." He also claims that a Windows 8 app is in the works. However, it's more than possible that the audience for CloudOn will go down when Microsoft releases a native version of Office for iOS and Android.

Source: iTunes | Image via CloudOn

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He also claims that a Windows 8 app is in the works. However, it's more than possible that the audience for CloudOn will go down when Microsoft releases a native version of Office for iOS and Android.

No, neowin, you are NOT paying attention.

Microsoft has stated the iOS and Android versions will be 'limited editing' versions.

So a service like this will not suffer, although I am curious how they resolved their licensing issues with Microsoft.

Their biggest threat is the evolution of the Web version of Office, that can leverage the server side processing to provide more of the Office functionality that iOS and Android would choke on.

These OSes are NOT strong enough to even closely provide even a portion of full Office functionality. Which is why it is important to remember why the underlying OS is important and that Windows RT is a complete version of Windows 8 and able to run highly complex software like Office.

Yeah should be good, even for mobile users just wanting to touch up a couple of things, not having to purchase a full office license (RT users won't find it very necessary).