OnLive is well known for their “cloud gaming” service which is available for Mac and iOS. OnLive lets users play console on their mobile devices via the cloud. This takes away the need for high-end graphics cards and processors which are usually required to play full featured video games.
OnLive has recently launched an iPad app called “OnLive Desktop”. This app let’s users load a full copy of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 on their iPad via the cloud. This app is currently free in the iTunes App Store and requires an OnLive Desktop account.
This app is great if you require a full version of Microsoft Office for work or school. In theory, OnLive Desktop can save you from hauling around a laptop PC when working on the go. This is great for college students that are often traveling from class to class.
Since OnLive Desktop is a cloud based app, an Internet connection is required. This is why I strongly recommend purchasing a 3G enabled iPad if you plan to heavily use OnLive Desktop. Unfortunately, this app totally useless when an Internet connection is unavailable.
Unfortunately, OnLive Desktop runs on Windows 7. This causes a slow, laggy experience with horrid multi-touch controls. I would like to see OnLive integrate better multi-touch controls instead of relying on the built-in Windows multitouch gestures.
Overall, OnLive Desktop is good but definitely has room for improvement. For now, I would recommend this app to anyone who’s not afraid to try new software. In the future I definitely see this app being a huge success in the education and business market.
Obsessed with tech since the early arrival of A/UX on Apple, Sudz (SK) is responsible for the editorial direction of AppleToolBox. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Sudz specializes in covering all things macOS, having reviewed dozens of OS X and macOS developments over the years.
In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.