CES 2012: OnLive Introduces Virtual Windows 7 Desktop App for the iPad
The somewhat popular video game streaming company OnLive has announced a free, streaming, virtual Microsoft Windows 7 desktop app for the iPad. The OnLive Desktop app which was announced at CES will eventually expand to other platforms, including the Mac. Users will have access to full-featured versions of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
With applications running on high-end computing clusters in OnLive’s data centers, the only thing that might hold off performance is the network you are on. This possibly means with today’s world of broadband connectivity, Windows applications running on the iPad may possible be faster than those running on a standard Windows 7 laptop.
For those of you who are interested in utilizing the service, the Desktop app will be available in a freemium model. The free version provides users with 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 on the iPad. In the near future, OnLive expects to launch OnLive Desktop Pro, which is said to be a more robust service offering up to 50 GB of storage, priority access, additional apps and other features for a $9.99 monthly fee. It also promises collaboration features for enterprise users such as sharing documents or working on virtual whiteboards.
CES show goers who have tried the app at the OnLive HQ as mentioning that there is a bit of perceptible lag but overall the ability to manipulate objects with fingers and flipping through PowerPoint presentations on a desktop miles away is pretty impressive. I for one can’t wait to get my hands on the app and give it a whirl. If it functions well, I can see it becoming successful very quickly amongst many users for a variety of different reasons. With the freemium model, it can’t hurt to give the app and the service a shot.
The best part of all this news is that the OnLive Desktop for the iPad will be available for free on the App Store starting this Thursday in the U.S. and “soon” in the UK. On that note, how many of you will be picking up and utilizing the app and its features? Share any thoughts and opinions below!