OnLive, as we have reported in the past, is known for its streaming of console/PC quality graphics to your devices, including mobile ones, but now OnLive is branching out into the area of streaming your favorite Windows 7 apps as well.
It uses the same technique it does (well) for games. Essentially the video from what would be your PC Monitors is streamed from a remote server where everything gets rendered in the cloud as you work, say in an Excel spreadsheet. The result of all this gets streamed back to you. It will work for presentations and HD video as well.
This app will be available for iPad on Thursday. It will come with 2GB of cloud storage and access to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a few utilities as well as some games to start. They will have a Pro option with 50GB of storage and priority access along with additional PC apps and features for $9.99 per month. The OnLive Desktop app will be available on Android soon.
OnLive will also bundle a built in web browser, which they tout can render web pages faster than the built in Tablet versions, due to their proximity to the internet backbone.
OnLive is also coming out with "OnLive Enterprise" for delivering customized apps for organizations of any size in the near future.
This makes for a pretty powerful combination with the ability to do multi-touch gesturing and control of apps such as Excel, bringing the power of Windows essentially into the Tablet realm. A keen eye should be kept on OnLive, as in time I'm sure we are bound to see more exciting things coming from this company as they grow.
UPDATE: The launch of the app has been delayed until January 13th. Apparently they had to work a few bugs out prior to release. Use this QR code in a QR reader application on mobile to open quickly on a mobile device