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.