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OnLive Launches Premium 'Desktop Plus' with Flash and PDF-Enabled Web Browser

Last month, OnLive introduced its free OnLive Desktop service that allows users to run virtual instances of Microsoft Office apps streamed from OnLive's remote PCs to the users' iPads. The company has now added Adobe Acrobat Reader support to the service and introduced a paid "Desktop Plus" subscription service to provide enhanced functionality including priority access and a Flash- and PDF-enabled browser experience. OnLive Desktop Plus is priced at $4.99 per month.
The free OnLive Desktop App, currently available on iPad—and coming soon to Android, PC, Mac, TVs and monitors—delivers no-compromise, media-rich, instant-response Windows applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software, and as of today, Adobe Reader for PDFs, along with 2GB of cloud storage. OnLive Desktop Plus, available for $4.99/month at www.desktop.onlive.com, provides all OnLive Desktop Standard features plus OnLive’s gigabit-speed accelerated browsing experience with full Flash player capability. With OnLive Desktop Plus, the iPad not only becomes 100% Flash compatible, it becomes the world’s fastest mobile Flash player.
As with the original OnLive Desktop service, there is some lag in responding to touch input and visual artifacts when moving quickly through documents or web pages. The lag made it somewhat difficult to work with interactive Flash-based content such as games in our testing, but the service does allow for decent viewing of Flash video content on the web.


While that slight lag is a function of the time needed for data to transfer between OnLive's servers and the user's iPad, OnLive's PCs themselves are connected to the Internet with gigabit connections, making for very fast loading of content and data transfers, which is then optimized for the iPad's display and passed along to the user.

OnLive is planning yet another tier of service, a $9.99/month "Pro" level that will offer additional PC applications for use from the iPad and an upgrade from to 50 GB of storage, up from 2 GB on the regular and Plus levels.

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60 months ago

"We tried to shoe-horn a desktop OS onto a tablet. It didn't work when we did it, so we're going to have someone else do it for us."
- Some guy at Microsoft, as he swims around in red tape.

All I can say is "LOL", and "Get the hell off my iPad."


You try way too hard.
Rating: 17 Votes
60 months ago

Awesome product, but should be catering to the HTML5 wave of the future.


The iPad does that natively with Safari. This fills a different need for those that have it. Our old timesheet software was only in flash.... the horror.
Rating: 10 Votes
60 months ago

How is this app different from SplashTop?


Instead of connecting to your computer at home, you connect to OnLive's computers. One of the benefits of this, as stated in the article, is that OnLive's computers are connected with ultrafast Internet connections..
Rating: 9 Votes
60 months ago

Instead of connecting to your computer at home, you connect to OnLive's computers. One of the benefits of this, as stated in the article, is that OnLive's computers are connected with ultrafast Internet connections..


And one of the downsides of this is that you don't have full control over the VM. For 5 bucks you get the standard image and can't change it. Sounds like for 10 a month you can install additional programs, though I'd guess this is limited.

With Splashtop you connect to your local PC and can do whatever you want. I'd much rather pay the 3 bucks up front for that program than shell out 10 a month for OnLive.
Rating: 6 Votes
60 months ago
Cool, roll-over over that Flash menu with your curs... oh wait. :cool:
Rating: 6 Votes
60 months ago

That gigabit internet connection statement is misleading at best. Each server will be shared by a lot of users (say 50 plus) and the connection will be to the data centres network rather than directly to the internet.

You wouldn't need that fast a connection at home to get comparable speeds and Windows remote desktop doesn't use that much bandwidth.


From testing by Engadget, they got 650mbps down and 120mbps up in a speedtest from this. I would like to see you get a comparable speed from any home connection.
Rating: 4 Votes
60 months ago

Awesome product, but should be catering to the HTML5 wave of the future.


some of us live (and work) in the present
Rating: 4 Votes
60 months ago
Awesome for iPad user

It's great to see many companies adding their services to the iPad. I might not use this, but if other technology companies see this kind of services being offered to the iPad user, they might start offering their services as well. Everybody wins
Rating: 3 Votes
60 months ago
$60/year is TOO expensive!!
Rating: 3 Votes
60 months ago


AHHHHHHHH!
Rating: 2 Votes

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