New App Streams Windows to the iPad

By Ariel Jones — January 11, 2012

OnLive recently announced its new OnLive Desktop, which delivers a virtual Windows 7 desktop and Office software, including full-featured Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps, to iPads. Beginning on January 12, the app will be available for free download in the App Store.

The OnLive Desktop account comes with 2 GB of cloud storage and “as-available” access to the cloud-based desktop, as well as other utilities and touch games. Documents and presentations can be created and edited with a full Windows touch-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition, or Bluetooth keyboard, and presented directly on the iPad. All files are stored remotely on OnLive’s servers.

“OnLive Desktop is the first app to deliver a no-compromise, media-rich Windows desktop experience to iPad, opening up powerful new possibilities for consumers and businesses,” said Steve Perlman, CEO and Founder of OnLive. “iPad users will now be able to simply and securely view and edit cloud-hosted documents with full-featured Windows desktop applications… just as if they were using a local high-performance PC.”

In its initial testing stages, the OnLive Desktop will be free, but the developers stated that a “Pro” version will be available in the future; it will offer 50 GB of cloud storage, priority access, full-featured cloud-accelerated browsing, and additional PC apps for a monthly fee.

OnLive also hinted at versions of Desktop for Android, smartphones, PC, Mac, and monitors/TVs, are coming soon, as well as the complementary app OnLive Enterprise for businesses.

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