OnLive Announces Free iPad App To Access A Cloud-Based Windows Desktop

OnLive Announces Free iPad App To Access A Cloud-Based Windows Desktop

The same company that brought top-shelf game titles to the Mac is soon planning to bring many of those same games to the iPad. Today, though, OnLive has announced an app that lets you view and use Windows 7 applications on your iPad. It’s free, and it’ll hit the App Store this Thursday.

The app will come with 2 GB of cloud storage space for free, and grant access to a cloud-based Windows 7 desktop equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with some utilities and touch-based games thrown in for good measure.

The interface sounds pretty wow. Control will be achieved through a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, augmented with common iPad gestures like pinch-to-zoom, and flick-to-scroll.

OnLive claims a seamless experience free of hiccups:

Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, never before practical via remote desktop delivery, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity. OnLive Desktop makes remote feel local.

There’re also rich collaboration features built into the app at the Pro and Enterprise levels (see below) — live spectating, group chat and multi-user control.

OnLive Desktop Pro, not available yet, will come with 50 GB of cloud storage, “priority access” additional apps and other features for $10 a month. The Enterprise version is geared toward groups with a large infrastructure and doesn’t come with a set price (OnLive says you can contact them at (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address) for details and pricing).

The app is only available in the U.S., with a U.K. release to follow soon.

  • tjhfwtx

    Sounds a LOT like the CloudOn App that came out last week.

  • Blake Beavers

    Dear OnLive, Where the fuck is my app to play my games on my iPad?

    Sincerely, Everyone.

  • Bogie635

    It’s probably running up against Apple’s in-app purchasing rules.

    OnLive will need to write a custom interface to either give Apple their 30% cut of sales, or produce a version that prevents you buying access to new games on iOS devices.

  • nizy

    If you read the previews of Onlive from TouchGen they say that the ability to buy games in app has been removed already.

  • Adam

    Another option for accessing Windows applications from iPads is Ericom AccessNow, a pure HTML5 RDP client that enables iPad users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server (RDS Session Host), physical desktops or VDI virtual desktops – and run their applications and desktops in a browser.

    Ericom‘s AccessNow does not require Java, Flash, Silverlight, ActiveX, or any other underlying technology to be installed on end-user devices – an HTML5 browser is all that is required.

    You can choose to run a full Windows desktop or just a specific Windows app, and that desktop or Windows app will appear within a browser tab.

    For more info, and to download a demo, visit:

    Note:  I work for Ericom

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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