Did anyone sign up for OnLive for iPad?

Mac.World

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So, this just went live today for the iPad, essentially turning your iPad into a desktop PC to work on Microsoft's word, excell and powerpoint.

"Based upon OnLive's instant-action cloud gaming technology, OnLive Desktop delivers a seamless Windows desktop experience, with instant-response multi-touch gestures, together with a full on-screen Windows keyboard and handwriting recognition, enabling complete and convenient viewing and editing of even the most complex documents."
Link: http://desktop.onlive.com/overview

The app is free, and I'm still waiting for access, but if this is true, the iPad takes another step towards a post-pc consumer world. Has anyone received access into this yet? I'm curious how the iPad handles the load and if the apps function as advertised.
 

199708

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What I wrote in the other thread.

In the same boat, Also waiting for some real powerhouse apps on the ipad such as word, excel and recently hoping adobe lightroom will release something that i can use on the go seeing as I can view my raw data hen copied to the ipad.

This is worth trying out and seeing how it works, Im sure its not 100% what we are after but a step in the right direction to providing users a valid reason to purchase an ipad.

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I'm also trying to login, however no luck just yet. :(
 

mulo

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will be interesting to see how it handles the data requirement if the iPad 3 has the retina quality display
 

Stealthipad

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The only problem I see with this app is it needs constant access to the Internet which is not feasable for some in the field. If you are on 3G with a data plan, how much data will this app use?

I would still pay dearly for a Office Suite I can install on my iPad.

I am afraid it is not going to happen.
 
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anthonymoody

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Based on my experience with CloudOn, which is basically the same thing (a cloud hosted MS office suite) I am not optimistic. CloudOn is just too leggy to be a real productivity tool. And I tried believe me. The interface is also....complex to put it mildly.

I signed up for onlive but am waiting for account activation. That also doesn't bode well. I mean jeez if they're throttling new account additions, I can't imagine performance is very robust.

I'm also bummed (though I get it from a business perspective) that they will throttle performance to free customers so that paid customers have better performance. I wonder...can we sample paid performance before signing up for the paid version?
 

Capt T

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Based on their cloud gaming, if you have a good Internet connection, you should not experience much in the way of lag. I already had an account with them, so checked it out this morning very briefly. Was impressed by the responsiveness. However I only messed with the windows media player and Word.
 

LostLogik

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I got an account ok but haven't been able to use it. Every time I try and log on it says it's full. Pretty rubbish really.

I've also tried the CloudOn service and as said above, I find it pretty laggy. But, its big advantage is its ability to connect to DropBox, which OnLive doesn't do. So, in an emergency, I've been able to amend Word files. Wouldn't want to use it on a regular basis though.
 

ghostworld

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I'm going to try this as soon as I get home tonight. I already have an account so I should be good to go.
 

01blu-gsr

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Working great for me! It's only lagging when I have multiple programs running.
Also, I singed up on the web site this morning (10am) and was able to get right on to the app.
 

King Julian

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Either this App is not available worldwide or it has been pulled from the App store. I can't seem to find it.

Edit: Only available in North America and the UK
 

Stealthipad

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I signed up and downloaded the app in less than a few minutes. Then when I tried to start the app it took 10 minutes before it would let me OnLive as it says it was full and I must wait.

Nice to see a windows home screen show up on the screen with a full MS Office Suite! To my horror you can only use the OnLive keyboard which has so much lag it is impossible to use.

Is this all there is?:eek:
 

01blu-gsr

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I signed up and downloaded the app in less than a few minutes. Then when I tried to start the app it took 10 minutes before it would let me OnLive as it says it was full and I must wait.

Nice to see a windows home screen show up on the screen with a full MS Office Suite! To my horror you can only use the OnLive keyboard which has so much lag it is impossible to use.

Is this all there is?:eek:
You can use a Bluetooth keyboard! This works for me!
 

anthonymoody

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My account finally went live this morning. I'll be using it over the next few days and posting my thoughts. Lag, and the UI are my primary areas of investigation...
 

rocknblogger

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I've been using the Onlive gaming platform and was pretty impressed with implementation and how well it works. The games look almost as good as their locally installed counterparts and are as smooth when playing.

This app is also pretty impressive. While it has some limitations the concept is impressive. It works better than any remote apps that I've tried.

It's exactly as if your running Windows7 on the iPad. The Office apps work very well and the ability to write text by hand or stylus is an added bonus I wasn't expecting.

The biggest limitation as I see it is having to have a solid connection. I don't know how it would over 3G, but I suspect that using LTE would be just fine.

Of course having MS Office installed on the iPad would be the better option but for now this is a viable alternative.
 

Stealthipad

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Been playing with it and LAG rules! Someone can have my spot. Looks like I will KEEP waiting for MS to come out with a Office Suite. I would pay what ever!
 

rasputinj

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It has been laggy for me also, looks like it could have great potential, but the lag sucks.
 

Jimbo47

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Pretty much unusable. Great potential, but it "unfocuses" so much, you can't even see it.
 

Masterfox72

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For all intents and purposes, if you want Office, CloudOn is the best option. Plus it has unbeatable Dropbox integration.
 
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