OnLive Desktop Is Now Available For Your iPad



OnLive made headlines earlier this week when the company announced a new iPad app at CES which brings Windows 7 to the iPad, allowing you to run Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Those of you who are interested in the app and you live in the U.S., you can grab it now, for free, from the App Store.

The free download provides you with access to a cloud-based PC desktop running Windows 7 on your iPad, “whenever and wherever you want it.” OnLive promises the new app will bring you “a high-performance PC experience, regardless of the content, even when interacting with fast-action media.”

I’m not quite sure what that “fast-action media” could be, because as things currently stand you can only access certain applications, including the Microsoft Office suite, and a web browser. You cannot install your own software, so don’t expect to be loading up World of Warcraft on this thing.

There is one other downside, too. I’ve been trying to use the app all morning and all I’ve gotten out of it is a “service is currently full” error, seen below. That would suggest your hopes of a last-minute edit to your PowerPoint presentation will be quashed if too many people are already using the service.

Hopefully this is a problem OnLive will fix soon. If you’ve had chance to play around with OnLive Desktop, let us know what you think of it.

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  • Irshad Farook

    Does not connect as it says, the service is full! have been trying for ages now. Anyone else experiencing it? any solutions atm?

  • RobertSantellan

    This seems like it could be useful for some, but personally I would just use my MacBook with Parallels if I really needed to use Windows that bad. Windows 7 is just NOT tablet friendly.

  • Jim Ritzheimer

    Why not just use a VLC app to connect to your machine at home?

  • Marc Bush

    How do you get around not paying for a Windows 7 license? Or an Office license for that matter…

  • 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