OnLive's not just about games: in 2012, it announced a streaming cloud service that delivers a Windows virtual desktop to tablets (like the Apple iPad) and other thin client devices.
It seems that OnLive Desktop is now based on Windows Server 2008 R2, and this change might have something to do with Microsoft licensing issues.
OnLive's virtual Windows 7 client may not be properly licensed, according to Microsoft — and it's an issue the company says needs to be resolved.
OnLive's Desktop service is available for Android Tablets, allowing owners to access a copy of Windows 7 with a variety of apps including Microsoft Office running in the cloud.
Remember how OnLive's free Cloud Desktop service let you use a virtual copy of Windows 7 on your iPad? Well, it didn't have a web browser, but if you pay $5 a month for the just-announced Cloud Desktop Plus tier, OnLive throws in a copy of Internet Explorer 9 with all the trimmings as well as priority access to the service.
OnLive's Windows 7 thin client for iPad is now available from the iTunes App Store. It's a 4.8MB free download, and you'll need an OnLive account to start toying around with the likes of Microsoft Office on the cloud service.
Today, we've got video of Windows 7 on an iPad, streaming a desktop complete with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and mulititouch apps, far smoother than your average remote desktop solution
OnLive has launched a Windows 7 thin client virtual desktop service in the cloud, based on its streaming game tech, and you can try it for free on iPad starting today.