OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

Summary: With OnLive's new desktop app, Windows, the iPad, and the cloud all work together as one.

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Running Windows 7 on an iPad via the cloud may sound like a convoluted, impossible dream, but it's exactly what OnLive is doing with its new OnLive Desktop App.

Via the app, iPad owners can gain access to a fully functioning Windows desktop complete with Microsoft Office productivity apps like Word and Powerpoint.

OnLive handles this in much the same way as it does its streaming games. Rather than process anything on devices themselves, OnLive's software shifts the burden to the cloud. And if things go right, the user will never notice the difference.

The app itself is free, and OnLive will offer with it a free 2GB of storage. A 50GB, $10 per month version will also be offered in the near future.

While the app will initially be offered solely for the iPad, OnLive intends to expand support to Android devices, Macs, PC's, and even televisions.

In all, the move is a bit of a departure from video games, but it may turn out to be a pretty lucrative one for OnLive in the end.

Topics: Software, iPad, Mobility, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • Wyse pocket cloud

    Wyse pocket cloud allows RDP access to a windows desktop, and supports Remote desktop Gateway. Not quite the same thing as this app, but works for us!
    Sedric7777777
  • The "gift" of Windows?

    That's like the "gift" of syphilis, or gonorrhea, or... you get the idea.
    orangemike
    • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

      @orangemike

      +100!
      gribittmep
    • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

      @orangemike ... hahhhha yeah i got d idea.. but honestly its useful!
      ruby.otero@...
    • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

      @orangemike
      OR, a gift of smartness if someone needs these programs and has no other way to access the same, or cannot afford the complete suite. There is nothing cutsie about people using tools to do what they want or need.
      eargasm
  • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

    Microsoft Licensing ?

    Ouch !!
    neil.postlethwaite
  • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

    "Running Windows 7 on an iPad via the cloud may sound like a convoluted, impossible dream"

    Where have you been for the last 3 years? Citrix, Vmware, Wyse, Quest, LeoStream, etc. have all offered this capability for years.
    sbramfitt
  • Major licensing issues

    As a licensing expert, I simply can't see how this can be done free, unless it's not a real Windows 7 desktop and not real Microsoft Office. Doing this legally will generally set you back at least $900 in OS licenses or VDA subscriptions and Office licensing.
    pdegroot
  • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

    Soo this may make an ipad actually useful and the fact it is a real windows 7 dektop and not the retarded windows 8 metro crap this may be the way for a windows tablet to go since windows 8 with metro blows ass.
    Fletchguy
  • Have your cake and eat it!

    wow! I can have my cool Apple iPad that makes me the envy of my friends, and I can also get software that is actually useful! Best of both worlds
    HugoM
    • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

      @HugoM
      The envy of your friends may be self delusions. But everyone has an opinion, same as that notorious body part!!
      eargasm
  • RE: OnLive Desktop gives iPad owners the gift of Windows

    Another option for accessing Windows applications from iPads is Ericom AccessNow, a pure HTML5 RDP client that enables iPad users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server (RDS Session Host), physical desktops or VDI virtual desktops ??? and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

    Ericom???s AccessNow does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices ??? an HTML5 browser is all that is required.

    You can choose to run a full Windows desktop or just a specific Windows app, and that desktop or Windows app will appear within a browser tab.

    For more info, and to download a demo, visit:
    http://www.ericom.com/html5_rdp_client.asp?URL_ID=708

    Note: I work for Ericom
    AG4IT