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OnLive Desktop Plus Brings Flash, MS Office, and Accelerated Browsing to the iPad

OnLive Desktop Plus Brings Flash, MS Office, and Accelerated Browsing to the iPad

Following last month’s release of OnLive Desktop, a service that allows you to run desktop Microsoft Office apps from the cloud, the company has now launched a new “Desktop Plus” premium subscription service, which provides a number of additional features, such as access to a Flash and PDF enabled web browser (with a lightning fast 1-gigabit connection).

In addition to an ultra-fast accelerated web browsing experience (and Flash support!), the $5 per month premium subscription also includes full access to Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel. and PowerPoint, as well as 2GB of cloud storage.

The free OnLive Desktop App, currently available on iPad—and coming soon to Android, PC, Mac, TVs and monitors—delivers no-compromise, media-rich, instant-response Windows applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software, and as of today, 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 with full Flash player capability. With OnLive Desktop Plus, the iPad not only becomes 100% Flash compatible, it becomes the world’s fastest mobile Flash player.

Unfortunately, there is a bit of lag involved with using rich media content – similar to the lag you might see if using OnLive’s gaming service through a slow or high-latency connection. This can make it frustrating to use many Flash-based web apps.

The lightning fast internet connection is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the service. It’s more than just access to a standard desktop web browser – OnLive loads the pages through its lightning-fast connection, and then automatically optimized the content for viewing on your iPad before passing it along to you.

OnLive also plans a $10 per month “pro” subscription that includes even more applications (Photoshop perhaps?), as well as 50GB of cloud storage. For more details, or to subscribe, visit the OnLive Desktop website.

• Instantly view, edit and create documents using actual Microsoft® Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
• Experience high-performance, instant-response PC applications
• Interact with lag-free animation and video

OnLive Desktop Plus ($4.99/month)
● Priority access to OnLive Desktop Standard and…
● Gigabit-accelerated full Flash browser.
● Gigabit-speed cloud storage (e.g. Dropbox) and Web mail (e.g. Gmail)