OnLive Desktop now available on Android tablets, brings Microsoft Office to Android

When we hear about OnLive, we think of the companies cloud gaming services. They offer a way to play full PC games on low-power computers, as well as a home console and Android app. They’ve been in the market of expansion lately, and are now offering the OnLive Desktop app for Android tablets. What is OnLive Desktop exactly? It works in the same way as the gaming platform, but instead offers access to Microsoft Office and Adobe reader.

Pricing is reasonable, starting with a free version, then Desktop Plus for $4.99/month, and finally Desktop Pro starting at $9.99/month. For corporate customers there is also an enterprise version available. Currently supported tablets include Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, and even the HTC Jetstream. That’s a strong starting lineup, and will most surely be expanded. The full press release is below. Who’s planning on using OnLive Desktop on their Android tablet? Is this the solution you’ve been waiting for? Let us know in the comments!

Press Release
Groundbreaking “OnLive Desktop” App Released for Android Tablets

OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of instant-action cloud computing, is pleased to announce that its revolutionary OnLive™ Desktop App is now available for Android® tablets, bringing full Microsoft® Office apps, Adobe® Reader® and, with the OnLive Desktop Plus service, gigabit-speed1 accelerated browsing regardless of the tablet’s local Internet speed and local computing capability. The free OnLive Desktop App, released in the Android Market to select Android tablets2, delivers no-compromise, media-rich, instant-response Windows® applications including Microsoft® Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® software and 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. Already available on iPad® and coming soon to smartphones, PC, Mac®, TVs and monitors, OnLive Desktop delivers instant access to your personal desktop on all devices, so that if you use OnLive Desktop on Android, and then later use it on iPad, you will have the same files and browser Favorites (with OnLive Desktop Plus) on both tablets, with automatically-adjusted screen resolution.

Running remotely on powerful PCs in the cloud that are connected by Gigabit Ethernet to the Internet, OnLive Desktop utilizes OnLive’s patented instant-action cloud gaming technology to deliver a seamless PC application and Web experience, instantly responsive to multi-touch gestures, as well as a full PC on-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition and optional Bluetooth® PC-compatible keyboard or mouse.

“Android tablets are a great platform for OnLive Desktop,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “With full HD resolution, PC keyboard/mouse support and available 4G LTE, Android tablets deliver an excellent experience with full Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader PC applications, not to mention gigabit-accelerated browsing through OnLive Desktop Plus-even over 4G LTE.”

OnLive Desktop Plus brings the world’s fastest browsing experience, whether over Wi-Fi- or 4G LTE-connected Android tablets. Regardless of your local connection speed, even the most complex websites-including ones that would take minutes to load over your local connection-load in seconds, instantly delivering fully interactive animation, video and sound. A 50 megabyte file from cloud storage (e.g., Dropbox) or a 15 megabyte attachment from Web email (e.g., Gmail™, Yahoo!® Mail, etc.) can literally download or upload in less than a second, resulting in an utterly transformative Web experience. And, despite the astounding speed improvement, OnLive Desktop Plus can dramatically reduce Web browsing data usage, since only the top layer of the currently visible part of a website is ever sent over the local connection. Essentially, OnLive Desktop delivers only what you can see or hear at a given moment, potentially reducing data usage by a factor of 10 or more.

The free OnLive Desktop app is available for select Android tablets and iPad now in the United States. Smartphones, PC, Mac and monitor/TV support (via the OnLive MicroConsole™ thin client with Bluetooth keyboard/mouse) are coming soon-with your same OnLive Desktop available by login from any device. Support for the United Kingdom and other countries is coming soon. OnLive Desktop can be accessed anywhere, on any device, at any screen resolution, preserving application and browser files between devices.

Set up your free OnLive Desktop account at www.desktop.onlive.com. OnLive Desktop services include:

· OnLive Desktop Standard, FREE!-Available Now!

- As-available3 access to OnLive Desktop, with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader
- 2 GB of secure cloud storage, appearing as your Documents folder on OnLive Desktop
· OnLive Desktop Plus, $4.99/month-Available Now!

- All features of OnLive Desktop Standard and…
- Priority access to OnLive Desktop
- Cloud-accelerated Web browser1, with:
§ Lightning-fast transfer of Web mail attachments (e.g., from Gmail, Yahoo! Mail) and cloud storage files (e.g., from Dropbox)
§ Full Adobe Flash and Acrobat® PDF plug-ins
· OnLive Desktop Pro, starting at $9.99/month-Coming Soon!

- All features of OnLive Desktop Plus and…
- 50 GB of secure cloud storage, appearing as your Documents folder on OnLive Desktop
- Ability to customize OnLive Desktop with additional PC applications

via Engadget

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