iPad apps to run Windows (or other OSes) on the tablet

iPad apps to run Windows (or other OSes) on the tablet

Summary: The iPad is good for many things, and with these apps it can run Windows and other OSes.


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  • Splashtop HD is a complete remote desktop program for the iPad. It allows remote control of Windows PCs and Macs from the iPad, with a touch interface. It turns any Mac or PC into a full touch system on the iPad. Audio/video streaming works particularly well in Splashtop.

    $4.99, requires a Mac or PC with Splashtop Streamer (free)

  • Developers working on Metro apps for Windows 8 have a good way to test the apps in a touch environment with Win8 Metro Testbed on the iPad. This new app is designed specifically for testing the Metro apps using the iPad, with the lack of Windows 8 tablets otherwise making that task difficult. It is developed by the Splashtop folks.

    $24.99 (half price for a limited time, normally $49.99)

    See the full review by Ed Bott on ZDNet

  • The nivio service is in beta at the time of this writing, and it provides access to a Windows desktop without the need for a system to access. It is similar to the OnLive Desktop app, with the additon of allowing the user to install third party Windows apps to the remote desktop. Once the nivio service goes live, users will rent apps they install to the remote desktop on a monthly pay-as-you-go basis.

    Currently free during the beta

    See the full review by James Kendrick of ZDNet Mobile News

Topics: iPad, Apps, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Tablets, Windows

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  • Don't Forget PocketCloud?

    Hope this was just an oversight as their iPad/iPhone apps works well for accomplishing remote functions as well. Easy to setup and use and fun to showoff to friends.
  • jerzypapa@gmail.com

    And another one: OnLive Desktop. Works extremely well.

    • C'mon now

      It was the third one listed! Jeeze!!!
  • The best RDP/VNC app I've found for the iPad is Jump

  • If IOs is so good, why does everyone......

    Want to run Windows programs? Being able to run Windows on a Mac seems self-defeating, if the ads about Macs being better are to believed. And, DoJ, why can't I run IOs on a Windows machine if I can run Windows on a Mac? Sounds like a monopolistic situation to me. But then I could never understand Macs enough to maintain them for my mom. Couldn't find lost e-mail or files. They're so simple only a child can use them.
    • monopolistic?

      How can you be monopolistic without having a monopoly? Are you suggesting that iOS is a monopoly? iOS is an EMBEDDED OS. Windows is a DESKTOP OS. As such MS licenses Windows to run on a variety of hardware. They don't care, as long as you buy it. As for why run windows on a mac, every software package is not available on both platforms. I run windows on my mac to run a specialty application my company requires. I also run Quicken.
      As far as simplistic, it only appears so. Just under the surface is a fully functional unix environment. As far as Onlive goes, I hate the fact that they changes to windows server without the touch pack ...