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Cloud - Edit Spreadsheets?

Update 2014-06-25
Google announced today that Google Drive will support editing the formats of Microsoft Office without first having to convert to the Google formats. Good! Short term I will probably stay with using Dropbox as outlined below.

Previous version: 2013-04-28

On my tablet I want to have read access to the documents stored on my PC: text files, pdf-files and office files. I decided to try the Cloud. Very rarely I would want to do minor edits using the tablet, but then I ran into some problems. On the PC I use LibreOffice for wordprocessing, presentations and spreadsheets, and I save them in the Microsoft 2007/2010 XML formats (docx, pptx and xmlx). On my Nexus 7 tablet I use Kingsoft Office.

I tried editing with my tablet using Google Drive and SkyDrive and had problems. Google Drive worked ok if I converted my documents to Google's formats (gdoc, gxls etc), and then converted back to my above-mentioned preferred formats. On SkyDrive I had problems saving the edited files, probably due to incompatibility with Microsoft's newer formats? I did not spend too much time on this as, when using Dropbox, it worked straight away. The edited files were automatically synced to the PC.

Because of this experience I am now using Dropbox, even though I only get 2 GB free space, whereas the others give me 5 GB for free. At present I only use about 350 MB. Might have to look at this again more closely.