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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.

4. Citrix: One of the oldest players in the virtual desktop market, Citrix, brings Windows to the iPad with its Citrix Receiver tools. These help IT departments manage users' personal devices (say in a company with a BYOD policy for mobile gadgets.) Centralized management tools let admins recognize Windows-on-iPad devices on a network and manage them alongside regular Windows PCs.

Citrix is selling Citrix Receiver as part of its XenDesktop VDI package or through its XenApp streaming software service. Citrix Receiver can be downloaded from Apple's App Store. It also supports Windows on Android.

5. Parallels: Parallels was one of the first vendors to offer a Windows on Mac solution, so it's not surprising that it was also among the first to introduce a Windows on iPad client. The Parallels Mobile App, available for $19.99 from the App Store, lets iPad users access Windows apps from any Mac that's running Windows through the Parallels Desktop client.

The app brings a host of new capabilities to the iPad, such as Flash and full access to Outlook and Explorer. It also supports cut-and-paste between mobile devices and Windows apps.

6. Molten Technologies: Upstart Molten Technologies [see video below] specializes in providing virtual desktop services for businesses. Its Desktone-based cloud platform streams what the company has coined "Desktop as a Service", and among those services is Windows for the iPad.

Its pitch for enterprise users is that all of its services are hosted at a secure, Tier 3 data center, and segregated networks are provisioned for each customer. Customers also maintain control of firewall and other security settings.

Microsoft and its partners are themselves expected to introduce a range of Windows 8 tablets later this year.

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User Rank: Apprentice
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.

User Rank: Apprentice
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.
User Rank: Apprentice
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?
User Rank: Apprentice
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.
User Rank: Apprentice
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.
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1/31/2014 | 1:05:11 PM
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