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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Obvious has occurred

A Silicon Valley Startup named Cloudon has done the obvious, at least in retrospect. What if we raised a bunch of money and hosted Microsoft Office for Windows 2010 on a bunch of servers? Users of iPads and Android gadgets could use Dropbox to gain access to files with their Dropbox accounts.

So far, this sounds like a great idea. got to test the site out. Within the limitations of a an application designed for mice and running from a remote server, it worked pretty well. You do use a remote-access application of some sort to get to MS Office. No, I don't know what kind of application it is. But you can go to the iOS App Store and get CloudOn for free now. But their Web site says they are "sold-out" I guess they maxed out the servers.

Could you duplicate this yourself using LogMeIn or even VNC with a Mac or  Windows machine running a desktop version of Office? Sure. Would it work as well as Cloud On? Well, Your Mileage May Vary.

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