Windows Hits the iPad
It works virtually through a remote computer farm sort of like GoToMyPC writ large
By: Maureen O'Gara
Feb. 28, 2012 07:00 AM
An outfit called OnLive has put a virus-free Windows 7, not 8, 7, plus the whole Office suite, Adobe Reader and a one gigabit-a-second Internet connection with the data sized to fit, on the iPad.
It works virtually through a remote computer farm sort of like GoToMyPC writ large.
Microsoft's helping since its Touch Pack add-on makes Windows iPad-friendly, or at least stylus-friendly.
The service, which, by the by, can run Flash content (think Hulu), runs five bucks a month. There's also a cut-down free version with two gigs of storage and someday a $10-a-month service that puts any Windows program you license on the iPad.
A 4G connection is best according to the New York Times, which - enamored of the thing - says "if ever there were a poster child for the potential of cloud computing, OnLive is it. This is jaw-dropping, extremely polished technology. It opens up a universe of software and horsepower that live far beyond the iPad's wildest dreams - with no more effort on your part than a few taps on glass."
Meanwhile, Microsoft has denied a report with snazzy pictures on The Daily that it's developed a version of Office for the iPad with an Android version in the wings.
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