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January 15, 2012 / Raffy Pekson II

Free PC Microsoft Office For Your iPad

Real PC apps on the iPad!

Microsoft® Office on my Apple iPad? For free? Is this a joke? I kid you not. is now offering iPad users access to the popular PC- and Mac-based business applications – for free!

Based upon OnLive’s instant-action cloud gaming technology, OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition. Rich media, such as video, animation, slide transitions and even PC games, run fluidly and dynamically with instant-action interactivity. It comes with 2GB of free cloud storage in an instant-action, media-rich Windows® 7 desktop.

You can download the OnLive Desktop for the iPad free from the iTunes App Store. However, you still need to sign up and create a free OnLive account. The minimum configuration required is an iPad or iPad 2 with at least 1 Mbps Internet connection. 1.5-2 Mbps for best results.

An OnLive Desktop Pro is coming soon for $9.99/month. This comes with a priority access to the multi-touch OnLive Desktop, preloaded with Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, 50 GB of secure cloud storage that appears as your Documents folder on your OnLive Desktop, cloud-accelerated Web browsing and the ability to add additional PC applications.

“What’s the come on?” You guessed it! When the Pro comes out, Pro subscribers get first crack in accessing their OnLive Desktop. I guess while it’s not yet in the market, get a feel of the OnLive Desktop and decide whether it’s worth the 10 bucks a month when Pro is available.

OnLive is only available in North America and the UK. They are expanding their service into Europe and Asia. OnLive’s technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT), The Belgacom Group, HTC and Juniper Networks.


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