In Pictures: The must-have iPad office apps

Microsoft Office does its best to challenge the reigning Apple iWork.

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The rest of the alternative cloud-based office editors An alternative to hosted Office services are Web-based document editors.

The free AstralPad provides moderate editing capabilities -- more than Google Drive, less than hosted Office. But it's very slow, allows only two open documents, can't print, requires manual keyboard activation and has a confusing interface. It does allow access to Dropbox and Google Drive files.

Google's Drive (free with a Google account) can only edit text and do rudimentary formatting -- and only for files saved in Google's own format in your desktop browser. The same is true for spreadsheets; there's no formula editor, for example. And it can only view presentations. It's not the editor Google promotes it as.

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