OnLive Brings Cloud-Based Windows Apps to iPad
Posted on January 9, 2012 by vincent oliver
OnLive, the company that offers cloud-based gaming for Mac and Windows, is coming out with cloud-based Windows apps. OnLive Desktop is a free iPad app that lets you use full-featured versions of Microsoft Office and other desktop applications. This is similar to the app recently released by CloudOn, but seems to have more features. But it’s not a true Windows experience unless it can get viruses, so I’ll be sure to test that out.
OnLive Desktop will be available in the App Store this Thursday, January 12.
Since applications are running on high-end computing clusters in OnLive’s data centers, the only thing holding back performance is the network. Which means that in today’s world of pervasive broadband connectivity, Windows applications running on an iPad could potentially be faster than those running on a standard Windows 7 laptop.
OnLive is making the Desktop app available in a freemium model through which users will get 2GB worth of cloud storage and the ability to use Windows 7 applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as other utilities and games. Documents can be stored in the cloud and accessed from any device with a web interface. In the near future, OnLive expects to launch Onlive Desktop Pro, a more robust service that will offer up 50 GB of storage, priority access, additional apps and other features for $9.99 a month. It also promises collaboration features for enterprise users such as sharing documents or working on virtual whiteboards.