Run Windows on Your iPad? You betcha, WYSE guy.

Run Windows on Your iPad? You betcha, WYSE guy.

Summary: WYSE's PocketCloud software allows you to run full-blown Windows desktop applications on your Apple iPad.

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Feeling a little left out with Adobe Flash and other great desktop apps that don't work on the iPad yet? Well, not to worry. The WYSE guys have you covered with PocketCloud, a new iPad application ($29.99) available on the App Store that allows you to connect to any desktop or virtual operating system that supports Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol.

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I was able to test this successfully with Windows 7's Remote Assistance software enabled and it also works just fine with Windows XP. RDP is also supported on Linux desktops using XRDP and Remote Desktop Sharing on many popular Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu) as well as on several 3rd party RDP servers for Mac such as iRap by Coderebel.

Do you plan to run RDP applications on your iPad? Talk Back and Let Me Know.

Topics: Windows, iPad, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Wow... nice post.

    I really love that wyse cloud. All a person needs is a router with IPSec support and you can get to your desktop from anywhere.

    LIke you said, turn on RDP in Windows XP pro or Win 7 pro and.. presto... iPad-friendly cloud!
    croberts
  • RE: Run Windows on Your iPad? You betcha, WYSE guy.

    Farmville does not classify as a game. It's an insult to
    the game genera.

    And claiming this app allows you to run windows/mac/and
    linux apps ON your ipod is COMPLETELY false, unless you
    count RDP from a Linux desktop to a windows desktop as
    running a windows app on Linux :P

    Give me a break....
    co-eddy
    • The term is

      remote app. No it doesn't run locally, and you do need a internet connection to make it work, and the remote computer to always be on, but this isn't really anything new.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
  • Mayhaps...

    You have discovered a reason for the iPad to exist. Can I sing and dance and such to celebrate your belated discovery? :P
    zkiwi
  • What is free on a netbook costs 30$ inside iPad?

    No, thank you.
    LBiege
    • Ah... But such is the life with an Apple product.

      Gotta pay extra for stuff that comes free with other OS's...
      Wolfie2K3
      • Show me a mobile device

        that has a RDP client built in... On just about any other mobile OS it is a 3rd party option.

        Next time compare Apples to Apples, and not Apples to Oranges.

        Pun was not intended but I guess it works.
        Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
        • umm... Windows Mobile comes with remote desktop

          http://pocketnow.com/how-to/tutorial-setting-up-remote-desktop-in-windows-mobile

          ... just saying...
          voltrarian
          • Will be interesting to see

            If windows 7 phone edition does as well
            jperlow
  • RE: Run Windows on Your iPad? You betcha, WYSE guy.

    Flash games suck Bart Simpson's doodle but the Wyse app
    seems pretty nice for running other Microsoft applications.
    ConstableOdo
  • Run Win apps on your iPad

    The problem with pocket cloud and "normal" rdp connection only allow 1 single connection. The user sitting on the PC has to be disconnecte

    Using software such ThinServer will allow multiple connection

    http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm
    ThinkMFair
  • There it is!

    The much awaited killer 'App'(?) for iPad...
    rikasa
  • How does it compare

    I was looking for an RDP client for the iPad the other day and noticed there were several of them, and most are cheaper than WYSE. If anyone has used them, how do they compare?
    Ed Burnette
    • No joy

      I've still got high hopes for the remote presentation via iPad model...

      But thus far, no joy. Wyse app is buggy and clunky. Citrix receiver offers
      better ui and control capability, but needs xenapp or xendesktop infrastructure
      to work. A couple of the cheaper (than Wyse) vnc based solutions are
      seemingly better, but I haven't found a home run anywhere yet. Would prefer
      native rdp 6 with support for TS gateway.

      Nobody has made the touch paradigm between local iPad and remote desktop
      even seem remotely intuitive (would love for that to be seamless, though it
      seems that it may be impossible right now).
      allrelative
  • "why?"

    you could also try doing everything with Morse Code & a
    couple of rocks, too.

    you know, not because its worth the trouble, but Morse Code
    needs the media exposure, you know...
    BlueBerry Pick'n
  • RE: Run Windows on Your iPad? You betcha, WYSE guy.

    I believe that iPad's future is especially secure with the use of the device as a business tool, such as with the 2X Client for iOS (http://www.2x.com/virtualdesktop/ios)...it's a free download and lets you use Windows apps from your iPad, giving you application publishing and RDP Remote Desktop capabilities for free, in contrast to the Citrix Receiver and Wyse PocketCloud. Definitely worth a look.
    jimmytran
  • RE: Run Windows on Your iPad? You betcha, WYSE guy.

    In my opinion, iPad's future is especially secure with the use of the device as a business tool, such as with the 2X Client for iOS (http://www.2x.com/virtualdesktop/ios)...it's a free download and lets you use Windows apps from your iPad, giving you application publishing and RDP Remote Desktop capabilities for free, in contrast to the Citrix Receiver and Wyse PocketCloud. Definitely worth a look.
    jimmytran