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OnLive Desktop: Windows and Microsoft Office on iPads

If you have ever wanted to have the same Windows desktop on all of your devices, the era is near. OnLive is supplying an application where you can access a Windows 7 desktop with Microsoft Office 2010 for free. Currently the OnLive Desktop is only available for iPad, but the company has plans to expand the application to Android, Windows, and Mac operating systems.

What exactly is OnLive Desktop? In short, it is a Windows PC in the cloud. You can access it from anywhere you have Internet access. OnLive gives you access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as 2GB of storage space in the free version. In the future when the application is available for multiple devices, you will be able to access the same desktop from all of your different devices.

The OnLive Desktop for iPad uses Microsoft’s touch interface. It allows you to use handwriting recognition software that converts your handwriting into text and then allows you to insert that into your documents.


The free version of OnLive Desktop does not offer web browsing or the ability to install applications. However, OnLive has plans to launch a paid version of the OnLive Desktop that starts at $9.99/month and offers 50GB of storage space, the ability to browse the Web, and to install PC applications.

To learn more about OnLive Desktop visit desktop.onlive.com. If you want to dive into OnLive Desktop for iPad, you can find it in the App Store by searching for “onlive”.