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LogMeIn is the remote desktop solution for the iPad that supports accessing Windows, Macs, or Linux computers from the iPad. The remote OS must be installed on a remote computer that the iPad owner has access to.
The iPad app is fully touch optimized and makes remote control over the PC/Mac a joy.
Free, with Pro version available adding video/audio streaming to the iPad
OnLive Desktop brings a remote Windows desktop to the iPad, without the requirement of a remote system. It uses a remote desktop provided by OnLive that includes full versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
Free, with a Plus option that provides priority access and adds Internet Explorer web browsing.
Mac users have long used Parallels Desktop to run various OSes in virtual machines on their Macs. Parallels Mobile lets those with virtual machines set up run them from the iPad. The operation is as smooth as butter and opens up the iPad to a nuber of OSes that can be accessed from the tablet.
$4.99, requires Parallels Desktop on a Mac for access