OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

Summary: Run Flash websites, access webmail and read PDFs on your iPad with OnLive's Desktop Plus cloud-based service.

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After bringing Windows 7 and Office applications to the iPad via its Desktop App during CES last month, OnLive is already adding Adobe Flash Player, Reader and full-featured Internet Explorer to its cloud-based offering for a new paid tier of service, OnLive Desktop Plus.

OnLive Desktop Plus (Source: OnLive)

OnLive Desktop Plus (Source: OnLive)

Love it or hate it, Adobe Flash is still widely used on the Internet -- for games, annoying ads, videos, multimedia websites, to name a few -- so the lack of Flash support on iOS devices is a major reason some consumers avoid the iPad. But what if there is a way to add Flash functionality to the iPad without bogging down its performance or having to purchase an iPad-wannabe? OnLive is betting that users would be willing to pay $4.99 a month for that privilege with OnLive Desktop Plus. Not only do paying customers get to use cloud-based Office applications like Word and Excel and 2GB of storage available to free users, they also get to access their webmail accounts (Yahoo Mail, Exchange) and file storage sites like Dropbox with Internet Explorer; get priority access to the OnLive pipes for file uploads/downloads at "gigabit-speed"; as well as turn their iPads into Flash-playing and PDF-reading machines.

Non-paying users on the OnLive Desktop Standard service will be getting Adobe Reader rather than Flash, on top of access to the usual lineup of Windows 7 applications and 2 GB of cloud storage. While the company will be prioritizing server traffic for its paying customers, its "patented instant-action cloud gaming technology" means it is capable of providing a latency-free experience to remotely served software even for Desktop Standard users. Of course, actual experience will depend on the server load at the time of use, physical proximity to OnLive's servers as well as the speed of your Internet connection (2 Mbps and up is recommended). James Kendrick over at Mobile News is already reporting blazingly fast speeds in his test of the newly launched service, though New York Times' David Pogue finds the lag when handwriting and painting "painful."

(The free Onlive Desktop app recognizes multi-touch, pen input via a stylus as well as Bluetooth keyboards. To access the OnLive Desktop service, all American users must download and install the app via iTunes App Store, as well as sign-up for an OnLive Desktop account on its website.)

Android users will have to wait some more for the Onlive Desktop service and app to come to their tablets and smartphones, which the company promises will happen some time this year. Considering the fact most Android tablets already support Flash out-of-box, OnLive Desktop Plus won't be as much of a draw for its Flash Player as it offers a backdoor way to have the best of both the Windows and Android worlds without the mess of dual-booting OSes. With Windows 8 literally on the horizon (preview is next week), IMHO the OnLive Desktop provides an easy "tweener" solution for those who need Windows functionality on their Android or iPad now but are really biding their time until a true Windows 8 tablet lands.

What do you think?

[Source: OnLive]

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  • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

    I`ll just get a Windows 8 ARM tablet and have a real PC experience without Apple/OnLive. Money saved , no compromises , no lag , full functionality.
    Brilliant move Microsoft !
    Bufbarnaby
    • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

      @Bufbarnaby Those are good points.
      slickjim
    • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

      @Bufbarnaby <br><br>We have yet to see that pie-in-the-sky. Come back to us when you do.
      ScorpioBlack
  • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

    I will wait a month or so for my ICS Update and then use Chrome myself.
    slickjim
  • I have to pay to get annoying ads and games?

    Are these people nuts? If anything, I am pleased I don't get the annoying ads. As for games, there are many apps available... and as for video worth viewing, again, so many free apps offering TV... 5bucks to see ads.... jeezaloo!
    grillomalta1
  • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

    Now that resource hogging Flash is on here, watch battery times drop from 11 hours to 3 hours. Way to go, fellas!
    ScorpioBlack
  • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

    Flash is already available on the iPad, free, with no recurring monthly charge, and has been for some time. Please do better research.
    .DeusExMachina.
  • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

    I'm trying to imagine paying for Flash or Internet Explorer. Nope, can't do it.
    trm1945
    • Ditto

      NT
      ScorpioBlack
  • RE: OnLive Desktop Plus brings Adobe Flash and IE to iPad; $5 per month

    Apps that try to translate Flash isn't the same as native flash support.
    awkward hug
    • Yes, it is.

      If your reply is to me, they are not apps that "try to translate Flash" they are apps that execute the Flash code on their remote server, and simply pass on the graphics data to the client device. So yes, it is the same as native Flash support (which is crappy, BTW, one of a number of reasons that Adobe has abandoned mobile Flash).
      .DeusExMachina.
  • App availability

    I am in Australia and can't even download the free app. I didn't know there was an USA app store and an Australian one. A free app provided u live in USA. We are blocked from downloading the app.

    It sounds like and interesting concept but can't even download it. Apple keeping a closed garden again.
    kimnisbet
  • Splashtop streams all your apps and data on your PC or mac

    Splashtop is a high performance remote desktop app that can bring all your apps and data from your computer.... full desktop browser supporting all the plug-ins (Flash, ActiveX, Java, .Net, Silverlight, etc.) all redirected to iOS, Android, WinRT, Blackberry, etc.... Best in class product and performance
    marklee2012