View Full Version : OnLive Desktop migrates to Windows Server 2008 to avoid licensing concerns

04-11-2012, 08:17 AM
Windows-on-iPad service goes legit...?


OnLive Desktop now uses Windows Server 2008 instead of Windows 7 in order to become legit with MS licencing demands...

OnLive Desktop is an Android and iOS app that lets you stream Windows and Office on your mobile devices (http://www.maxconsole.com/cgi-bin/maxconsole/rknewz.pl?function=detail&id=RKLS000000653&cat=IOS).

Perhaps, you remember that OnLive wasn't using a legit MS licence by sharing Windows 7 and the Microsoft Office 2010 suite (http://www.maxconsole.com/cgi-bin/maxconsole/rknewz.pl?function=detail&id=RKLS0000004242&cat=IOS). Well, looks like now, the company has migrated the service to Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to avoid these issues.

Apparently 'Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are fundamentally the same OS', and they will be able to configure it so it looks like Windows 7.

Brian Madden, a technologist and blogger about virtual desktops, reported today that OnLive has made the necessary switch. Instead of offering a hosted Windows 7 instance, OnLive apparently now offers one based on Windows Server 2008 R2. Under Microsoft licensing rules, hosted virtual instances of Windows 7 cannot be provided unless each user has a license from Microsoft, and Office can't be provided as a service at all except when it's hosted on Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services.

"Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are fundamentally the same OS anyway, and it's possible to configure the Windows Server desktop to look and feel like a Windows 7 desktop," Madden wrote. "I would assume that OnLive didn't change their fundamental architecture at all—they just dropped the server bits instead of the desktop bits and all is now well."

However, seems Microsoft is still checking out this with OnLive:

"We’re pleased to have been told that the OnLive Desktop application is now accessing our software by hosting it on Windows Server, an important step in delivering any Microsoft-licensed desktop-like service to the public," Microsoft said. "Based on this information, we will work with OnLive to take a closer look at its service and ensure it is operating according to its license like thousands of other partners and utilizing our standing pricing and licensing terms."

Will the service remain for free? Will the paid plans prices raise? Nobody knows, but this new cloud service surely had a pretty bad start...

NEWS SOURCE #1: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/09/onlive-desktop-migrates-to-windows-server-2008/
NEWS SOURCE #2: http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/04/windows-on-ipad-service-now-legit-as-onlive-meets-microsoft-licensing-demand.ars

Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news update!

04-11-2012, 08:52 AM
Why bother with all this non-sense. Just get a Windows 7 PC tablet.