With Microsoft still holding off on releasing a full version of Office for the iPad, plenty of competitors have emerged to fill the gap. Among the contenders, some offer entirely new office suites designed to be (mostly) compatible with Office documents. Others provide actual copies of Microsoft Office in a virtual desktop-like setting, eliminating any compatibility problems but requiring an Internet connection to function.
OnLive Desktop, the service that stirred up controversy by providing Windows and Office on the iPad and Android tablets without being properly licensed by Microsoft, has now gone legitimate with new code on the backend. But there are already reports that the service's usability is suffering as a result.