OnLive for Android Launches

OnLive Desktop for the iPad launched recently. The service allows users to access a virtual Windows 7 based computer remotely so that spreadsheets can be edited and flash content can be browsed online. This app for connecting to that service is now available for Android devices.

The service allows software like Word, Excel and PowerPoint to be used on the Android platform. It is free to use although limited by way of 2GB of storage.

There are two paying options available… actually 1 at the moment as the other is coming soon. The first is $4.99/month and gives priority access to the service on what I believe is higher performance machines. The second option which isn’t available yet, will cost $9.99 and will also include 50GB of storage.

What this type of service could mean in the future is that people carry desktops around with them in their pockets and access them from any range of devices. Upgrades wouldn’t need to be worried about as the provider would take care of hardware challenges. But, local networking could become an issue unless a whole PC/Server config could be set up in the cloud. It’s certainly something to think about.

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