Streamed desktops a new driver for broadband speeds?
Perhaps the days of lugging a laptop around with all the company data on it are coming to an end? OnLive Desktop represents an extension of the game streaming service, which offers users access to a Windows desktop even though they are using an iPad or Android tablet.
Alas the service has not been launched in the UK yet, and seems to be in trouble over licensing for Microsoft Windows. The app where available can be used for free offering 2GB of cloud storage, enough for most documents and spreadsheets, paid for upgrades give access to more online storage and faster access to the virtual desktops.
Of course all this comes at the expense of using more data from a broadband services usage allowance, but with desktops generally offering a more static image than a game, it is likely to not be as bandwidth hungry as the Onlive game streaming service.
Here is the problem though, cloud computing while offering the ability to work on various platforms without having to carry them around, does rely on having good connectivity. For those who have been asking why should the UK spend money on getting superfast broadband to as much of the UK as possible, and a ubiquitous 4G network, OnLive Desktop is one example of something that is relevant to businesses and demonstrates more of a need than being able to watch catch-up TV anywhere.