OnLive, a company that recently offered virtual access to the Windows 7 desktop along with apps like Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer over OnLive Cloud servers to iPad and Android tablet users, is reportedly being accused of doing so without Microsoft’s permission.
At the moment, Microsoft has not stated that how OnLine has violated its licensing agreement. ” Our licensing terms provide clarity and consistency for our partners, ensure a quality experience for end customers using Windows across a variety of devices, and protect our intellectual property. It's important to us and to our partners that we're serious about issues of compliance. 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,” stated Joe Matz, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, in a blog post.
In January, OnLive launched OnLive Desktop, a free Cloud service that offers its subscribers “a seamless” Windows 7 desktop experience and “full-featured” Microsoft Office applications, as explained by OnLive’s CEO Steve Pearlman in a blog post at the time.
Until now, it was not clear whether OnLive had Microsoft's permission or not. Now it is clear that it doesn't. And with this, talks have been opened with a view to rectify the situation. It’s also certain now that Microsoft will be updating its License Agreement Policy.