Assuming Microsoft would WANT to take them to the cleaners..
I just wanted to comment on this and say that I am convinced that Microsoft do not want to take OnLive to court, if they did they would have done by now instead of writing that blog post.
Typically companies like Microsoft respond with legal threats rather than blog posts when their licensing model is threatened, but not in this case where an ex-Microsoft exec is the CEO of the company, remember this same CEO sold his last company to Microsoft too.
We took a close look at the current desktop image are deploying and discovered quite a few traces of Windows 7 in there and we arrived at the conclusion that this is a Windows 7 image skinned to look like Server 2008 in order to 'take the heat off' a little.
You can see for yourselves if you are technical enough to dip into the desktop using the command prompt and other ways, I am sure a lot of you reading this have the technical capability.
We are convinced that OnLive merely skinned their desktop rather than actually change the underlying infrastructure and that the traces of Windows 7 we see are evidence of this.
They secured the image by installing to d:\ and use redirection to view some files, thats an easy way of securing the desktop, but one that also gives us a good view into the image itself.
So we have access to command prompt, the install logs that show me that rc1 is used and that the image is 64 bit.
Something cool is that they are using Remote FX in order to deliver the quality, this is the first time we have seen a proper Remote FX HTML 5 implementation outside of Dynamiqs.
OnLive did an excellent job skinning this and delivering the desktop if they did at all, but left behind lots of clues to what they did do.
But as I say, its difficult to prove conclusively and Microsoft are only saying that 'they have been told' which is a completely different thing from 'we have confirmed ourselves in an audit'.
Where is the proper audit from Microsoft like the rest of us must endure ?
Thats what I want to know.
If you ask me, OnLive are taking the piss out of us all with this reskinned desktop, the irony is that if they were actually delivering a 2008R2 'desktop', they would skin it to look like Windows 7, but here they appear to be doing the exact opposite.
We wondered why they left in obvious signs that this was a Server 2008 'desktop' and why they had not skinned it properly to look just like Win 7.
I think we have our answer.