OnLive Desktop to bring Microsoft Office to iPad

OnLive has concentrated on streaming PC games to PCs, Macs and more recently iOS and Android devices. Now the company has announced at CES 2012 its first non-gaming application, OnLive Desktop. As VentureBeat reports, the app will be released first for Apple's iPad on Thursday that will allow users to get free streaming access to Microsoft's latest versions of its Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications of Windows Office.

These applications wil be run on OnLive's remote cloud servers, and users will be able to store 2 GB of data for free. The touch screen for the iPad can be used to access the Microsoft Office apps. The service will later launch for the iPhone, Android, the PC and Mac and other platforms. Users can access OnLive Desktop via WiFi and 4G wireless networks but 3G networks aren't supported.

Later OnLive plans to launch OnLive Desktop Pro, which will give users 50 GB of cloud storage, full web browsing acceleration at speed of up to 10 gigabits a second and more for $9.99 a month. OnLive will also allow people to install their own apps on OnLive's servers but with the Pro service but there's no word on how exactly that will work. OnLive will also launch yet another version, OnLive Enterprise, for large businesses.

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Yes it is not new tech, but it is still innovative in how they have made a business model out of this as it is very expensive to license Microsoft Office for remote access, not to mention other overheads in running such a system. What would be really innovative is a managed environment where they would allow installation of your own apps. Yes there are VPS but the licensing cost of Microsoft Office alone is prohibitively expensive, it is only economical if the licenses are all in the one enterprise agreement, where the costs are reduced due to scale.

so they made a RDP app that connects to a terminal services servier, imagin that... good thing Microsoft didn't make this years ago....

neufuse said,
so they made a RDP app that connects to a terminal services servier, imagin that... good thing Microsoft didn't make this years ago....

So Microsoft has product/service that gives you free access to 2GB of storage and a full copy of Office? I didn't know that. What's it called?

SharpGreen said,

So Microsoft has product/service that gives you free access to 2GB of storage and a full copy of Office? I didn't know that. What's it called?

that's not the point, the point is this tech isn't new.. and nothing is ever "free" there is something going on here we don't know about yet, Microsoft would never give office out for free to everyone like this is claiming, this isn't a web app like office 365, this is the full blown desktop office, which no free version exists of

neufuse said,

that's not the point, the point is this tech isn't new.. and nothing is ever "free" there is something going on here we don't know about yet, Microsoft would never give office out for free to everyone like this is claiming, this isn't a web app like office 365, this is the full blown desktop office, which no free version exists of


Never said the tech was new. Just the idea.

Matthew_Thepc said,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but is this not just another remote desktop service?

Yes. Why not just use your own computer for free?

wixostrix said,

Yes. Why not just use your own computer for free?


It appears that you have misunderstood my question....
I was trying to say that if this is just another remote desktop service, is there something wrong with the ones already in the market? looking at the title and reading thru a bit it seemed as tho it was *ONLY* streaming the Office apps, none of the Taskbar or anything. The picture made it look like it was streaming everything, tho, so I attempted to clarify

Matthew_Thepc said,

It appears that you have misunderstood my question....
I was trying to say that if this is just another remote desktop service, is there something wrong with the ones already in the market? looking at the title and reading thru a bit it seemed as tho it was *ONLY* streaming the Office apps, none of the Taskbar or anything. The picture made it look like it was streaming everything, tho, so I attempted to clarify

I went through the article kinda quick and thought that was an actual screen shot, but it's actually not.

Matthew_Thepc said,

It appears that you have misunderstood my question....
I was trying to say that if this is just another remote desktop service, is there something wrong with the ones already in the market? looking at the title and reading thru a bit it seemed as tho it was *ONLY* streaming the Office apps, none of the Taskbar or anything. The picture made it look like it was streaming everything, tho, so I attempted to clarify

I went through the article kinda quick and thought that was an actual screen shot, but it's actually not.

This is actually pretty cool, I'm just wondering how USB devices and CD ROM drives and what not will work especially on the enterprise level.