It seems can come to an end the disputed battle between Microsoft and OnLive about its Desktop as a Service offering based on Windows 7, where OnLive has been accused of clear violation of Microsoft’s licensing model.
As OnLiveFans.com, the presumed official community, reports, OnLive quietly switched from Windows 7 to Windows 2008 as base system for its DaaS service, this decision would smooth any divergence with Microsoft because Windows 2008 can provide remote desktop services by design with the appropriate CALs available via Microsoft’s SPLA program.
First, it means that OnLive is now on a level playing field with the rest of the DaaS providers. Windows Server 2008 R2 can be provided as a remote desktop for users via RDS CALs, and the RDS CALs are available via Microsoft’s SPLA program. So this is something that anyone can get access to.
Writes Brian Madden in his article.
What users are wondering to know now is how will be solved the problem of the applications, particularly of Microsoft Office licensing that still remains under accusation by Microsoft.