OnLive took CES by storm yesterday, announcing the release of their free OnLive Desktop app, which will roll out across iPads initially to be followed soon after by Android devices, PCs, Macs and TVs. OnLive Desktop will hit the App Storeon Thursday in the US, with the UK following suit shortly afterwards.
The Desktop will essentially provide a cloud-based Windows 7 desktop experience for a number of devices, with the free version including 2 GB of cloud storage, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus several other Windows utilities and touch games.
“OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents,” said OnLive in statement to the press. “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”.
A paid subscription service - OnLive Desktop Pro - will offer individual subscribers up to 50 GB of cloud storage, priority access to apps, full-featured cloud-accelerated browsing and additional PC applications for $9.99/month.
“OnLive Desktop is the first app to deliver a no-compromise, media-rich Windows desktop experience to iPad, opening up powerful new possibilities for consumers and businesses,” said OnLive Founder and CEO, Steve Perlman. “iPad users will now be able to simply and securely view and edit cloud-hosted documents with full featured Windows desktop applications like Microsoft Office, just as if they were using a local high-performance PC. Multi-touch gestures respond instantly and smoothly, while HD videos, animations and PC video games—never before usable on a remote desktop—play seamlessly.”
More info available here, on the OnLive blog.