CloudOn Brings Microsoft Virtualisation To Android Tablets

With many iPad users happy with their own cloud-hosted versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, CloudOn has now turned its focus on to Android. The new app, available on Google Play, promises to make Android tablets "do some real work."

The CloudOn app is integrated into Box, Dropbox and Google Drive (read about it in our cloud storage group test). Requiring Android 3.1 or later, CloudOn is a free app and can be used to connect with any of these services and allows users to open, edit, share and store files from a single place.

The files can also be shared via email directly from the workplace. The built-in Adobe Reader and File Viewer allows the viewing of a wide array of file formats, such as .pdf, .jpg, .png, and .gif.

OnLive Desktop and Nivio provide similar services. The apps, developed for iOS and Android, run from remote servers and only stream the familiar Microsoft Office user interface. The users don't need to install the actual software.

Whilst free for personal customers, Microsoft business users will have to pay for desktop virtualisation.