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: Ross Ipsa Loquitur

Weekend Whimsy: You?ve GOT to Play with Onlive Desktop on Your iPad

By Ross

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I’m sure everyone has heard of the Onlive Desktop app for iPad (and Android) by now. If for some reason, that large rock is stuck over the top of your lair and you haven’t crawled out from under it yet, Onlive Desktop is an app that actually gives you a full-blown Windows 7 desktop with real Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat X reader and Internet Explorer (and other fluffy stuff like Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Blackboard) on your tablet. It’s free with 2 Gb of cloud storage or $4.99 per month adding web caching which seems to seriously ramp up the speed (I signed up for this account to see the difference – wow, worth it, since you can always cancel if you change your mind), Dropbox “support” and Adobe Flash support (yes, Flash on your iPad – about damned time, even in this ersatz approach to delivering it).

With a keyboard attached to your Pad, this is really a remotely accessed, locked down to be sure, but real way to run real applications on your iPad that is probably faster than you could accomplish doing an RDP / Logmein / GoToMyPC-app-based connection back to your own system. The beauty of this is speed, simplicity and the fact that it really does work. Ingenious in terms of its RDP optimization and also the fact that they’re doing this license-wise without Microsoft jumping down their throats (can you say: “MS trying out their applications on tablets with no risk, and credible deniability?”).

A fascinating iPad and Android tablet experience this weekend with nearly endless possibilities for law practice usefulness.

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Full post as published by Ross Ipsa Loquitur on March 03, 2012 (boomark / email).

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