Its a general perception that people want to use IPAD for its diligent design, awesome touch its high quality display, Gaming etc., but we are more familiar with Windows OS when we want to do some documentation work or most of the high end applications are designed to run on windows….
So the problem we face is that though we have an IPAD we are still not completely satisfied…. Here is the solution for it.
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.
Different ways to run Windows on IPAD
Want to run Windows 7 right on an iPad? OnLive Desktop does exactly that, letting you access a cloud-based Windows 7 PC directly from iOS. Complete with the full Microsoft Office 2010 suite, you can use Word, Excel, and Powerpoint with full touch controls, and believe it or not it’s actually really fast and fluid.
Amazingly, this is free for the first 2GB of virtual storage space on the cloud PC, though additional storage and paid plans are available. The paid plans start at $4.99 and include up to 50GB of storage, provide access to more Windows applications, add DropBox support, and also bring full Internet Explorer access with Flash (useful for web developers who don’t want to run IE in virtual machines).
Using OnLive Desktop is easy, here’s all you need to do:
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.
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.
Mahesh ( MGIT ECE 4th year )
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