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The start-up Nivio has announced the beta launch of its European service for Smartphones to provide always-on access to Windows desktop, applications and data.

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According to Nivio:

* Users can access nivio through a range of downloadable client applications or direct from an HTML5 browser.

* Users have access to the nApps Store where they can “rent” applications, such as the complete Microsoft productivity suite, and take advantage of 10GB of free synchronized storage.

“2012 is not like any other year; it’s the year your desktop moves to the cloud, the year you find your freedom; the year your Smartphone becomes your desktop,” said founder Sachin Dev Duggal. “Bid goodbye to tired old technology and welcome the future of computing – one where you rent, use and forget… worrying about maintenance was so 2011.”

Nivio is accessible from any iOS, Android, Mac, Windows or Linux device, including iPads, Android tablets, PCs and laptops.

How much does it cost? After a 30-day free trial, there is a month-to-month plan. As a special offer to Beta programme customers, prices start at €2 per month for children, students or academics and €5 per month for regular users, allowing up to 10 hours of usage.

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