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Use Microsoft Word on the iPad with the new OnLive Desktop

OnLive Desktop for the iPad brings Microsoft Office to Apple's tablet computer.
OnLive Desktop for the iPad brings Microsoft Office to Apple's tablet computer.
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Columbus Microsoft Office users looking to use Word on their iPad need to check out OnLive Desktop, an iOS app released today at the iTunes App Store.

Another great thing about OnLive Desktop: it is currently available for free. OnLive is the same company behind the virtual gaming service profiled late last year at Examiner.

Combining Microsoft Office and the iPad in the Cloud

Any IT veterans familiar with VMware or the virtual desktop concept should feel right at home with OnLive's technology. Users gain access to a virtual Windows desktop running Microsoft Office with fully-functional versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The free version of the OnLive iPad app comes with 2GB of cloud-based storage for documents. The company also plans on releasing OnLive Desktop Pro who includes 50GB of cloud storage, enhanced processing power, and access to additional Windows applications. This extra functionality comes at the cost of $9.99 per month.

OnLive Desktop for Android coming soon

After installing the OnLive Desktop app, the user is prompted to sign in to an existing OnLive account. New users are able to get an account at the company's website.

Early reviews for the app are promising, with any lag time dependent on the quality of the user's internet connection. Obviously, virtual desktop access on a tablet computer tends to work best when reviewing Office documents, as typing remains more efficient with an external iPad keyboard.

Android users curious about OnLive Desktop will be pleased to know a version for Google's mobile operating system is in the works, as well as Smart TV and PC/Mac editions.

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