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6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad

Want full access to Windows-based business productivity tools, without giving up your iPad? Check out these six options.

While the Apple iPad has become the tablet of choice for consumers and business users alike, it lacks certain mainstream tools, most notably Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Windows tablets, at least until Windows 8 models appear later this year, tend to be clunky, but run the full range of productivity software.

Fortunately, if you want to experience the best of both worlds, you don't have to buy two devices, as there are an increasing number of options for people who want to run Windows--in various ways--on an iPad. Here's a look at six potential solutions.

1. OnLive: Originally a gaming service, streaming software company OnLive recently rolled out OnLive Desktop, which lets you access a version of Windows on an iPad. OnLive first offered Windows 7 through the service, but has since switched to Windows Server 2008 R2 (following a licensing dispute with Microsoft.) The service now has Redmond's blessing.

The free tier offers access to the full suite of Office apps and 2GB of cloud storage. For $4.99 per month, users also get Flash support and "Gigabit-speed" storage. The $9.99 per month Pro edition, which OnLive says is coming soon, provides 50GB of storage.

2. Splashtop: For developers who want to get a jumpstart on testing Windows 8 apps, Splashtop this week released a remote desktop app called Win8 Metro Testbed. The app allows developers to code and compile Windows 8 Metro apps on a PC, and then stream the apps to a simulated Win8 environment on an iPad. That gives developers the chance to test elements such as layout and touch sensitivity without having to wait until Microsoft and its partners release actual Windows 8 tablet hardware later this year.

Splashtop says Win8 Metro Testbed supports the full range of Windows 8 gestures, including swipe, pinch, and pull down.

[ Looking for a tablet that can run Windows 8 right now? See 8 Tablets Fit For Windows 8 Beta. ]

3. Nivio: Nivio's nDesktop service offers you access to a cloud-based Windows desktop from any device, including the iPad and other tablets. The company offers three ways to access the service—from a downloadable client, a standard browser, or through an HTML5-based Web client.

By Nivio's own admission, however, the service is limited in some key areas--video playback, gaming, and Webcams are not supported, although the company says it's working on these features. Nivio's virtual Windows desktop also won't run executable files. Still, it's not like the service requires a big investment. nDesktop plans start at $2 per month.

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anon4997526636
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anon4997526636,
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1/31/2014 | 1:05:11 PM
another solution
there is another solution, check out https://hazeware.com
YMOM100
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YMOM100,
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4/17/2012 | 11:25:17 AM
re: 6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
Why would one buy an iPad to run Windows? There are toyblets that run Windows natively and are a heckuve lot cheaper than the overpriced Apple gadget.
VasyaPupkinsan
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VasyaPupkinsan,
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4/16/2012 | 8:01:44 AM
re: 6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
I don't use stinking office.
Touching stupid toolbars?... LOL at you.
DavidMarotta
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DavidMarotta,
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4/16/2012 | 3:14:55 AM
re: 6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
How can you mention Citrix and leave out VMware View?
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jfc1003,
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4/14/2012 | 6:18:15 PM
re: 6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
Wow. Do your research. Remote access clients like Pocket Cloud and Logmein and many others have been available on the iPad since the inception. And there is Office for iPad. I use word and excel for the ipad all the time. There are several office apps out there that work great.
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Terabyte Net,
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4/14/2012 | 4:31:11 PM
re: 6 Ways To Run Windows On An iPad
Seriously? Just VPN (iToys support VPN) to your office and then RDP to your Win7 box (has to be Pro, Ultimate, or Enterprise, if you're running Win7 Home you need to upgrade to one of those editions). I've been doing this for years from many mobile devices from laptops 14 years ago to NT 4 Terminal Servers to XP in 2002, through Vista, and now Win7 & Win8. Wyse's RDP client, PocketCloud Pro, is a great way to do it at essentially zero cost once you buy their app, which is pretty cheap. None of this x$/mo bit.

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