OnLive Desktop preview

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After days of trying now and then to get the thing to connect, OnLive Desktop connected for me. I was able to try out all the features, and for the most part I’m impressed. You get access to basic office apps, MS Paint and a few more tools, as well as a few demo programs to show off touch on Windows. You actually get multitouch functionality, which is usable in Microsoft Collage (seen above).

Everything is fast and responsive, even if I’m connecting from a country which isn’t technically supported. Then again I’m on a ridiculously fast connection both in terms of speed and ping. I can easily see this be used as long as you have the paid version with priority access.

The free version, which is the only one available now, doesn’t come with a web browser. It’s not like you can install your own programs, so you’re basically stuck with Word, Excel, and Powerpoint – enough of a reason to use it for many. You can however sync files using the built in file sync folder, which is accessible from any browser outside the app.

Personally this won’t be overly useful to me, as the things I use remote PC for requires my own PC. Still, I can se this becoming a success, as long as it becomes more reliable.


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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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