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OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7, Office apps to your iPad

by on Jan.09, 2012, under iPad

TAUW posted an article talking about the new Onlive iPad application.  This is a summary of the article posted.

If you haven’t heard of OnLive before, get ready to hear a lot more about them in 2012. The streaming company has been around for a few years, but is just now making some major inroads into streaming all sorts of services to your iPad.

We’ve already covered the OnLive offering for Mac, console and iPad gaming, and it’s pretty impressive (I saw a AAA console title streaming with almost no lag using hotel WiFi) — so I was anxious to see what OnLive Desktop had to offer. Basically, it’s like having a full computer experience on your iPad. Specifically, OnLive Desktop will drop you straight into Windows 7, and from there you can tap to launch the ubiquitous Office products. Similar to the existing CloudOn or Desktone systems but supercharged with OnLive’s streaming tech, the intention is to give you a remote computing ‘thin client’ with the full power of the desktop productivity apps.

We’ll have more to say about OnLive when we meet up with them here at CES, but you can check out a video of OnLive over at Engadget. For now, know that OnLive will be offering this service in tiers, starting with a free service that comes with 2 GB of cloud storage and access to a limited suite of office apps. Later there will be a Pro version, starting at $9.99 a month, with 50 GB of cloud storage, priority server access, more apps and accelerated browsing. And then there’s an Enterprise offering that’ll allow the kind of control and customization you’d expect if deploying this to dozens or hundreds of client iPads.

OnLive is one of the tech companies I have been watching for a while, and I’m terribly excited by what they are doing. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t done a great job of explaing and marketing their product, which means (for now) it’s something you have to try it before you believe. Still, at free, and launching on January 12, pretty soon you’ll be able to try out OnLive Desktop for yourself. Check out the press release below if you dare.

OnLive Desktop Pro and Enterprise support exclusive OnLive collaborative services. Building on the same proven technology as the massive spectating Arena of the OnLive Game Service, OnLive securely enables as many as thousands of simultaneous users to view one or many OnLive Desktops from any device, with live spectating and group chat, and multi-user control. Whether using OnLive collaborative services as a shared document reader or virtual whiteboard in a small workgroups, for chatting over home videos among far-flung family members, or for lecturing with Q&A to an audience of thousands of students around the world, OnLive provides instant, media-rich collaboration.

The OnLive Desktop iPad app will be available Thursday to U.S. customers for free in the iTunes App Store, and will be released soon in the UK. Customers are encouraged to sign up early for their free OnLive account, available today at For more information, visit

OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7, Office apps to your iPad originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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