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OnLive is NOT Right; Proves tablets are NOT laptop-killers

Microsoft has finally decided to put it’s corporate foot down with OnLive.  This app gives iPad and Android tablets the ability to access a virtual Windows 7 desktop that has access to the Microsoft Office suite and a fully functional browser.  The Redmond company has expressed that this service is NOT properly licensed and it would be unfair to let OnLive continue down this path when there are other companies who virtualize Windows but actually pay for the copies.

This is certainly the right approach that Microsoft is taking and many might wonder what took them so long.  Many Microsoft fans are definitely opposed to this because Apple would cringe if OSX was ever to run virtually on any device without an aluminum case.

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Bottom line:  OnLive, putting a virtual Windows operating system on tablets is a great idea; however, if you want to do so pay licensing fees like everyone else.  On the other hand, if these tablets are so powerful and potential “laptop-killers” shouldn’t they be able to provide the appropriate functionality out of the box?

Virtualization on a closed system?

As we all know the Mac ecosystem is similar to Fort-Knox, they want no one in and will only give you access to what they see fit.  So why is it that Microsoft allows this competitor of theirs to virtually run Windows systems inside of OSX?

It seems odd that a company that has already bailed out Apple one time continues to help their ecosystem thrive. 

To make matters worse, Office could possibly be landing on the iPad soon.  This situation as whole is a little unsettling; does this mean that Apple will one day take the shackles off of some of it’s iOnly software and components?

Bottom line:  The PC/Tablet markets are competitive; don’t give your competition leverage.