Microsoft says ‘Hold on’ to OnLive’s streaming desktop
OnLive was excited to expand its OnLive Desktop from just the iPad to also include Android devices. Unfortunately for them, Gartner advised enterprise IT folks against using the service at the end of February because licensing issues might mean you end up paying for nothing or your data gets locked up in litigation as Microsoft sorts out the mess. OnLive competitors complained that they were being undercut on price (a free or premium version are available) because OnLive was skirting the licensing issue.
Until yesterday, Microsoft had remained silent on the subject. In a TechNet blog post, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Licensing and Pricing at Microsoft, Joe Matz, clarified the subject.
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.
In the meantime, it is of the highest importance to Microsoft that our partners have clear guidance so that they can continue to deliver exceptional expertise and creative solutions to customers within parameters of licensing policies.
We will have to see what comes of this and if OnLive is able to continue to offer its free service for the OnLive Desktop.