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CloudOn, the app that brings a Microsoft Office experience right to your Android tablet, has just gone a whole lot more Global. The app has now been released in 60 new countries around the world. 

The app has also received a bit of an update bringing a couple of new features to the Android version. Voice dictation and password support is now included, as is the ability to open documents from within an email. 

Those lucky new countries are listed below, where you'll also find a handy download link to the application. It's free, although it does require an account. The good news, getting an account is also free. 

The list of new countries reads like this: 

Albania, Algeria, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands. Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus/Malta, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks & Caicos, UAE, Ukraine, and the Virgin Islands.

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CloudOn office app launches in 60 additional countries worldwide

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Free perhaps, but not for long.

This company licenses Microsoft Technology. It has raised 16 million in venture cap money to get started, but sooner or later they have to start paying their debts. Gadekar (CloudOn CEO) says monetization will begin later this year, with the introduction of the group collaboration features.

This thing is ridiculously slow unless you are sitting at the end of a fast pipe. Each document you use is uploaded to their server, and from then on you are running on a copy of Microsoft Office on their server, which ports screen and keyboard back to your tablet just like Microsoft Terminal Services or VNC or PC Anywhere might do.

Slow slow slow.

Any of the popular office suites that are available for Android are probably a better solution for stand alone work. Combine that with dropbox (or perhaps something more secure) and you have all the portability this package offers.

Where this would be nice is for disperse groups of people needing to prepare documents working together, with many people potentially opening updating and saving the same document. For the office, or medical, or research companies, and the occasional college collaborative paper, this might be great.

That is because you have the full MS Office capabilities, and compatibility, rather than the pared down feature set of most Android offerings.

But it is precisely this collaboration capability where CloudOn intends to make its money.

If you just need to edit an occasional document, or want a writing platform while on the go, just get an office suite (lots of tablets come with one), or use Google Docs (Google Drive).

Edit: I have no aversion to them making money. I'd just rather see them tell you up front that, while some things are provided free, there will be a price to pay somewhere down the road.

Still saying "This item cannot be installed in your device's country"... I'm in Bahrain

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based on their website, only the iPad version is available in those listed countries above, not the Android version.

I'm not sure if they got this resolved yet, but I don't think you can open password protected documents. I know it was on the list to get working but don't know if it's been parched yet. This seems to be a big deal for some people.

because there are thousands of android products to be compatible with, and it looks like for reasons of UI and Usage the dev is focusing on tablets (rightly so)

This is a drawback of the android eco system. Deal with it, or use another one.