Online desktop app to bring windows 7 to iPad

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OnLive, bet­ter known for its online gam­ing ser­vice has just announced that it will be launch­ing a cloud based Win­dows 7 expe­ri­ence for iPad users. The OnLive Desk­top app will give users access to a Win­dows desk­top expe­ri­ence with­out the need for any VNC or remote desk­top con­nec­tions. It is all stored in the cloud and acces­si­ble from your iPad or a desk­top machine.

OnLive has just re-imagined what’s pos­si­ble on iPad with the OnLive Desk­top app, avail­able Thurs­day in the iTunes App Store. Launch­ing a brand-new chap­ter for OnLive (and every­one), OnLive Desk­top gives users instant access to a seam­less Win­dows desk­top expe­ri­ence, with full-featured Microsoft Office appli­ca­tions and 2 GB of free cloud stor­age for secure file access any­where. Need to edit a Word doc with red­lines and com­ments? No prob­lem. Need to give some oomph to that Pow­er­Point deck for your meet­ing? Go for it: present ani­ma­tions and slide tran­si­tions, edit dia­grams and embed videos. Des­per­ate for a pivot table in Excel? Pivot away … Any­thing you can do on your office desk­top, you will be able to do on your iPad—at home, in your hotel, any­where.
This is a real­ly great idea for Win­dows users and offers some much need­ed func­tion­al­i­ty, espe­cial­ly for heavy Microsoft Office users. The app will be avail­able for the iPad in the US start­ing on Thurs­day Jan­u­ary 12th. The roll­out will con­tin­ue for the iPhone, PC and Mac soon after­wards. The Online Desk­top app will be free and include 2GB of cloud stor­age.
OnLive also plan on offer­ing some more advanced ver­sions of the app too. OnLive Desk­top Pro will offer up to 50GB of stor­age, pri­or­i­ty access to apps, full-featured cloud-accelerated brows­ing and addi­tion­al PC appli­ca­tions for a sub­scrip­tion of $9.99 a month. OnLive Enter­prise will allow com­plete cus­tomiza­tion for busi­ness and orga­ni­za­tions and OnLive col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vices will offer thou­sands of users to simul­ta­ne­ous­ly view, con­trol and dis­cuss a shared desk­top via voice chat.

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