Facebook didn’t invent social networking but they took that principle and did it their way, which created something better and more useful for the end user. This process happens continually in the tech world and Facebook has been used as a platform for many other innovative products and services, which is seen with games like Farmville that made Zynga a lot of money in the process.
Software can take a product and bring new life to it by expanding what is possible on computers and tablet PCs, and this is just what OnLive is aiming for with their new OnLive Desktop software. We loved what OnLive did with Cloud Gaming although some Internet connections produce lag that hurts the experience, and until hardcore gamers see lag free gaming it will not attract them wholeheartedly. You only need to play racing games and fighters like Street Fighter to see when quick reactions are needed; OnLive fails to compete with the home games console.
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Doing things on an iPad that can only be done on the office desktop – The OnLive Desktop app is available for iPad and Android tablets, which sees the brand head in a new direction by providing instant access to Microsoft Office applications, an amazing desktop experience, and finally Flash web browsing on the iPad.
How much of a difference could OnLive Desktop make to your life? We’ve included a video below that details the main features of OnLive’s new app, but we’d love to find out your thoughts on their new service and if you think it’s something that could improve your tablet experience? OnLive state that the Desktop app comes with “PC Microsoft Office” and “2GB cloud storage” for free, and that the software will make its way to Mac, PC and TV’s soon.
Initial reactions to OnLive Desktop have been varied and features included in the package are in the spotlight, with not everyone feeling the love. Some people don’t like the idea of being “restricted to use Office” and want to see alternatives for something they’d buy into.
Would you pay for the benefits offered in OnLive Desktop Plus? These start from $4.99 a month and give you a “Gigabit-accelerated full Flash browser“, improved access to “OnLive Desktop Standard“, and cloud storage with “Gigabit-speed“. That service plan is available right now via this page on OnLive, although there will be other plans coming called “OnLive Desktop Pro“, “OnLive Enterprise“, and “OnLive collaborative services“. The expected features for these plans are found in the above link and we’d love to hear your thoughts on these?
Have you made the jump to be tablet only, and what apps made this possible for you? It’s true that OnLive are making it easier to drop your laptop in favor of a tablet, but this service has a long way to go before it proves the iPad can replace laptops. Our iPad and Android tablet’s used in the PR office are certainly easier for many tasks done on a MacBook before, but there are plenty of jobs still done on traditional computers rather than a tablet and it will be some time before an iPad or Android tablet could fill the boots of our computers.
In Summary: Mobile workers are always looking for better solutions to help them travel a little lighter, and a browser supporting Flash paired with Office support takes them one step closer to leaving the notebook in the office although we have a way to go yet. Checkout the video below and share a comment. There are a few reasons why OnLive Desktop is more of a deal-breaker for potential iPad 3 buyers, and fast Flash web browsing is one of them if this is something you still want on an iPad, although it’s worth mentioning that not everyone wants this and there are other solutions.