Silicon Valley startup CloudOn beat Microsoft in releasing an iPad app that lets you edit Microsoft Office documents on the Apple tablet.
CloudOn provides complete access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint, cloud storage and file browsing. The app supports Microsoft Office 2010 on the iPad and iPad 2.
The limited testing stage app sold out Wednesday, as iPad users rushed to download the app. The startup published a statement on its website, explaining that it had been overwhelmed by the response.
“Unfortunately, we did not anticipate the thousands of people that would gravitate to the service in a matter of hours. Although we had planned to support a large number of users, the interest generated was beyond our expectations, and we have had a few teething issues with our platform (some of which we have already partially resolved),” CloudOn said.
CloudOn will return to the App Store once the company is confident it can support the influx of new users.
Wired was able to test CloudOn — and said the app was “not touch-friendly” and has a “squeezed” look.
There is a pre-registration form online that you can fill out to find out when the app is available again.
Though the first release of CloudOn was completely free, the company is now considering a tiered pricing structure.
A number of paid apps are available through the iTunes Store that allow for access and editing of Microsoft Office products. QuickOffice Pro ($14.99) allows for the creation, edit and sharing of Microsoft Office files. Documents To Go Premium ($9.99) allows for the same capabilities. But its customers have complained about the limited opening of two sheets within an Excel workbook and printing support.
Microsoft is rumored to be working on its own version of Office for iPad. Is this an app you’d like? Let us know in the comments.
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