OnLive Desktop brings Windows to iPad

Remote desktop bringing Word, Excel and other utilities to the Apple tablet
Darren Allan

January 10, 2012

OnLive, the streaming gaming company, is making a new introduction to its cloud solutions in the form of a Windows desktop app for the iPad.

The app provides access to Windows 7 programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the Apple slate.

The applications are remotely hosted on PCs and accessed via the cloud on the iPad, just as with OnLive’s gaming service.

A “seamless Windows desktop experience” is promised, complete with multi-touch gestures and handwriting recognition.

Steve Perlman, OnLive CEO, commented: “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.”

“iPad users will now be able to simply and securely view and edit cloud-hosted documents with full-featured Windows desktop applications like Microsoft Office, just as if they were using a local high-performance PC. Multi-touch gestures respond instantly and smoothly, while HD videos, animations and PC video games – never before usable on a remote desktop – play seamlessly.”

The basic OnLive desktop app is free (though the company notes terms and conditions apply – although what those T&Cs are isn’t specified). It comes with 2GB of cloud storage and access to a Windows 7 desktop loaded with Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with several other utilities and touch-based games.

A subscription version priced at $9.99, OnLive Desktop Pro, is also in the pipeline, offering far more cloud storage at 50GB, plus more apps, priority access and a number of other extra features.

Furthermore, a heavyweight enterprise version is planned, along with an Android app, plus support for the PC and Mac, and the OnLive HDTV games mini-console. These are all coming soon, apparently.

The iPad app is out in a couple of days in the US, but will take a bit longer to arrive in the UK. Again, it will be here “soon”, the company says.

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