OnLive Desktop facing some trouble from Microsoft

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We’ve talked about OnLive Desktop a couple of times here, and I’ve even had the pleasure of playing with the Android version. I was pretty impressed with the way that it ran on my TouchPad. It was very smooth and easy to use. Apparently the creators of OnLive didn’t make a very smooth move when they set to work getting a virtual Windows 7 running on your tablet.

Microsoft is investigating OnLive for some compliance issues with it’s licensing terms. Microsoft takes licensing very seriously and is working on bringing OnLive into compliance with its policies. Basically Microsoft requires the end user of virtual Windows to be holders of their own license key to use its products. This means that you, the customer, would be responsible for getting a license key. The way this most likely will end up working is that OnLive will have to charge a whole lot more than the $4.99 it is currently charging to use its service.

It’s possible that part of OnLive and Microsoft’s arrangement is that they require separate licenses for the virtual Windows 7 and Microsoft Office. That could just add on more cost, which no one wants to see except maybe Microsoft. OnLive is potentially a very powerful and useful tool, so I’m hoping to see a quick resolution to this matter, and hopefully one that doesn’t cost us the user too much more.

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Bryan Faulkner

Bryan Faulkner is a former associate editor at Pocketables. He loves to find new ways to use his tablets while working as the Tech Director at his local church. Mixing sound from the iPad is his newest obsession. He currently has a pair of HP TouchPads, an iPad 2, a decommissioned HTC EVO 4G, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II to tinker with.

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2 thoughts on “OnLive Desktop facing some trouble from Microsoft

  • What onlive desktop is: a very powerful tool for all those millions of people out there who have perfectly legal Windows setups elsewhere and needs to be able to fill the gap on the go.
    What microsoft sees onlive desktop as: a reminder that while microsoft itself is trying – and failing horribly – to make a dual pc/tablet system, a relatively small, third party company found a better, simpler, cheaper solution and released it a year earlier.

    And people wonder why I hate that bloody company

  • @ Andreas Ødegård

    Oh please, any other major company would do the same. I don’t think it’s fair to take stabs at M$ when they do it anymore. So far no one has really made a dual desktop/tablet system (though ICS on tablet is in the right direction). Windows 8 looks like it’s the closest but I think their marketing for it is stupid (as seems to be a trend with the company).


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