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MS and OnLive Squabble

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Although OnLive claims it “gives you the freedom to work from anywhere” Microsoft may not completely agree. Microsoft has issued a statement concerning OnLive’s use of hosting office products. In part, Microsoft states: “We are actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario, and we are committed to seeing this issue is resolved.”

OnLive makes two different apps: OnLive Desktop and OnLive Viewer. Desktop is the productivity app that allows you to view, edit and work with various Microsoft Office products like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Viewer gives you on-demand, instant-play video games on the OnLive Game Service.

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To get the most out of OnLive Desktop, you need to get an account, sign in and load your documents to the OnLive Files website using a PC or Mac. If your files are less than 2G in total size, the service is free. If your combined files are larger, there are additional services offered and a cost $4.99 per month.

Microsoft states: “Our licensing terms provide clarity and consistency for our partners, ensure a quality experience for end customers using Windows across a variety of devices, and protect our intellectual property. It’s important to us and to our partners that we’re serious about issues of compliance.”

Macworld has also written about the situation.

If you have the app, a real question arises about the use of the service. If you have not downloaded it, you may want to set up an account but hold off on paying for a subscription until the dust settles.

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