Monday, January 23, 2012

COD - 1/23/2012 - OnLive Desktop [Cloud]


OnLive Desktop from Microsoft gives you simple access to MS Office on your iPad from anywhere you have an Internet connection.


Get access to a secure, reliable, high-performance Windows 7 cloud desktop with the Office applications you use the most: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Full featured document viewing and editing with OnLive Desktop:

  • Create or edit Microsoft Word docs on the go using touch, an on-screen keyboard, or handwriting recognition to view, edit, and annotate.
  • Build PowerPoint presentations and show them directly on your iPad or connect to an external monitor.
  • Manage fully functional Excel spreadsheets. Create graphs anywhere, then drag and drop to update your Office documents.
  • Open multiple documents and copy-paste between them.

You need to first create an OnLive account on the OnLive Desktop website. (If you already have an OnLive Game Service account you can login with that.) Then download the free app from the iTunes App Store.


When you open the app and sign in, you’ll see a Windows 7 desktop on your iPad. There are icons to launch the MS Office applications and a handful of other programs. You can’t add anymore applications to or permanently modify the desktop.


Once you launch an application, it looks to be pretty much identical to that application running on a PC. The popup keyboard is NOT the native iPad keyboard, but a proprietary on-screen keyboard that I found adequate, though the keys are smaller. Considering that everything is running on distant servers, the OnLive Desktop seemed sufficiently responsive on my home wi-fi connection with minimal lag.


View a video introduction to OnLive Desktop

Versions for Android, PCs, and Macs are expected soon.


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