updated 05:55 pm EDT, Mon April 9, 2012
OnLive cleared to go on iPad
OnLive has quietly settled the OnLive Desktop licensing dispute with Microsoft. A check at OnLiveFans found that the streaming software company has switched over to Windows Server 2008 R2 instead of Windows 7 for the OS users see. The switch gives it all the functionality OnLive was already promising, but avoids the concerns of needing a license for virtually every user.
The exact terms of the deal, if any, weren't outlined. Microsoft had only said that OnLive wasn't in compliance and was in talks to bring the remote desktop service into compliance. OnLive had claimed that its licensing team had made sure the existing implementation was legal.
Publicly, neither side has commented on the deal.
Making the new pact allays some worries that Microsoft might have been trying to discourage use of Windows on tablets outside of its native support. The iPad app and its matching Android version don't match a native PC in speed, but are fast and capable enough for basic tasks like Office and desktop web browsing. More probable are Microsoft's concerns that just a few Windows 7 copies might be serving thousands of users. [via Brian Madden]