OnLive Brings Windows 7 and Microsoft Office to the iPad

OnLive, a cloud computing company known for its on-demand gaming service, has released OnLive Desktop for iOS, offering a cloud-hosted PC desktop with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office applications on the iPad. OnLive Desktop’s virtual PC experience shows the Windows 7 desktop complete with the Start menu and standard applications including Calculator, Notepad, and Paint, plus Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal has posted a video review of OnLive Desktop for the iPad:

Last week, CloudOn debuted in the App Store, bringing cloud-hosted Microsoft Office to the iPad. While OnLive and CloudOn are similar in this respect, OnLive’s offering is more complete for those looking for a full PC experience with its virtual Windows 7 desktop and free online storage in the Documents folder of the virtual desktop.

An OnLive account is required to use the app and basic accounts are free and include 2 GB of storage. Additional storage will be available in the future for a fee. The app’s performance will vary based on the quality of your internet connection since the interface and applications are streamed from OnLive’s servers to your iPad.


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There is no such app on appstore. This add is misleading.
There is product of onlive only to watch videos

Bill Taylor

What a con! -shoddy website managers don’t even have the manners to explain just why the Onlive App is not available. Total incompetence and typical hype crap! Avoid this unprofessional software provider.

Bill Taylor

Avoid this and DO NOT register. They are conning you to obtain your email address, after which they will sell it to scammers! AVOID THIS CON ! !

Adams Immersive

I’m not sure what people are ranting about. Do they not like this article, or not like OnLive? OnLive has been around for over a year doing this same thing with gaming, so they are not a scam. They are for real. So is this site. Maybe there was a short delay when the app was unavailable? I was able to get it right away. I’ve also heard they may make the app unavailable at certain times due to traffic (for OnLive, not Apple). Could be. Try again later!

The app does exist, and it works. I already had an Onlive gaming account, and that same login worked for Onlive Desktop. Sometimes it’s slow to connect, with a message saying paid users get priority. If that becomes a real problem, then consider this a free demo—but so far, it doesn’t seem like much of a problem. It depends on what times you access it, I suppose.

Video and audio are both surprisingly fast and clear, even on my mediocre (under 3MBPS) Internet link. And you can use a Bluetooth keyboard if you want.


LOL, love some of the comments.

If you’re non-US, the app will say “not found”–some readers…skim as it looks.

Anywys, hope CAnada release is not to far off. Sounds like a killer productivity app, I’d definitely put up a few looney’s for this service.


Nice video about this app, but it’s not work. It says “Onlive service is full, wait please…”

OnLive developers must buy more servers, or they will lose their users.


Even Windows 7 looks great on iPad that otherwise feels a bit outdated compared to Mac OS X.


You do know you can just make a second account as a U.S. account and then easily get that app right now, don’t you???

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