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Windows 7 to Run on iPad With Citrix Receiver

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 45 comments

Don't like the fact that the iPad can't multitask but have, for some reason, decided you're buying the device anyway? Well, rest easy because soon enough, you can run Windows 7 on your shiny Apple tablet and multitask to your heart's content.

Citrix is currently working on creating a Citrix Receiver that will enable users to run Windows 7 on the iPad.

If your company has XenDesktop or XenApp you will be happy to know you will be able to use your iPad for real work as well. It turns out the 9.7-inch display on the iPad with a 1024x768 screen resolution works great for a full VDI XenDesktop. Windows applications run unmodified and securely in the data center, and even multiple applications at once. The advancements that were made for the Citrix Receiver for iPhone will carry over to the iPad, however the iPhone restrictions of screen size and small keyboards are overcome with the iPad. It's a beautiful thing!"

Is this something you'd consider? A lot of people have scoffed at the fact that the iPad runs the iPod touch/iPhone OS making it essentially a giant iPod touch. Would Windows 7 change your mind? Let us know in the comments below!

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    djtronika , February 2, 2010 4:44 PM
    yes, running two evils cancels them out.
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    amabhy , February 2, 2010 4:52 PM
    iPad still sucks.
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    rembo666 , February 2, 2010 4:46 PM
    This is just Remote Desktop, but it definitely works. I can remote desktop just fine while tethering off my G1, why not iPad?
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  • 27 Hide
    djtronika , February 2, 2010 4:44 PM
    yes, running two evils cancels them out.
  • 14 Hide
    rembo666 , February 2, 2010 4:46 PM
    This is just Remote Desktop, but it definitely works. I can remote desktop just fine while tethering off my G1, why not iPad?
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    Anonymous , February 2, 2010 4:49 PM
    If this is easily possible then yes i would buy an ipad. Makes me wonder if you can do something similar to the iphone already.
  • 17 Hide
    amabhy , February 2, 2010 4:52 PM
    iPad still sucks.
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    FSXFan , February 2, 2010 5:04 PM
    nos33If this is easily possible then yes i would buy an ipad. Makes me wonder if you can do something similar to the iphone already.

    "The advancements that were made for the Citrix Receiver for iPhone will carry over to the iPad"

    It seems you can.

    It sure is an improvement, but it still needs that camera and I would rather see Win7 actually running on the iPad.
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    michaelahess , February 2, 2010 5:12 PM
    I've been using RDP with my PDA's for YEARS, this isn't special.
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    theuerkorn , February 2, 2010 5:13 PM
    Jane, your headlines really need some work as they typically imply something else. This is not the first time and something tells me it's not the last either.

    Remote Desktop is a great idea, but not if you don't have a server handy. So in essence, the iPad doesn't run Windows 7 it only can act as a remote which doesn't execute any code other than GUI stuff.
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    fortmccubble , February 2, 2010 5:22 PM
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    If your company has XenDesktop or XenApp you will be happy to know you will be able to use your iPad for real work as well.


    Oh okay.
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    sliem , February 2, 2010 5:24 PM
    This is going to get sued by Apple again...
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    ShadowFlash , February 2, 2010 5:34 PM
    It's not RDP though....Citrix uses ICA, which means it will come with all the HDX goodness along with it. Far more usable than RDP....just google "RDP vs. ICA" to see the difference. The big downer of course is Citrix is insanely expensive, not to mention the bewildering liscensing structure, that will make it only relevant for the large scale corporate setting. If Citrix made a workstation product like VMware, it would be much more relevant to the home "Power User"
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    Humans think , February 2, 2010 5:37 PM
    theuerkornJane, your headlines really need some work as they typically imply something else. This is not the first time and something tells me it's not the last either.Remote Desktop is a great idea, but not if you don't have a server handy. So in essence, the iPad doesn't run Windows 7 it only can act as a remote which doesn't execute any code other than GUI stuff.


    If you know the business area of Citrix it is difficult to misinterpret the headline...

    sliemThis is going to get sued by Apple again...


    OSX already has a RDC client developed by Microsoft working. Remote desktop connection programs are all over the place. It is not illegal, that's why Apple has come up with the App Store authentication process, so now it is not a matter of legal/illegal, it is a matter of whether Apple likes or dislikes an application. For those getting an iPad console that's how things are: Either their way or the highway...
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    cadder , February 2, 2010 5:45 PM
    There are remote desktop apps in the ipone apps store, so they will probably work on any of the three itouch devices.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 2, 2010 5:47 PM
    Hmmmm......I sense another possible sub-plot here in iPad soap opera. The potential for a blockbuster hit with the prime time crowd and the sci-fi fans could mean stardom.
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    keither5150 , February 2, 2010 5:54 PM
    Why not just buy a tablet that already runs windows 7

    Archos 9 or

    Asus Eee PC T91MT Black w/ Atom Z520, 1GB, 32GB SSD, 802.11 b/g/n, 8.9in Multi Touch WSVGA, Win 7 Home Premium

    I don't see a point of spending more for less.

    However it would make the ipad more appealing to some.

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    eyemaster , February 2, 2010 6:12 PM
    iPad, I won't get one. Would I want to run an OS virtually for no reason? No.
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    Anonymous , February 2, 2010 6:23 PM
    RDP 5.2, the current version, runs the same protocols as Citrix ICA. Neither allow the iPad, itself, to multitask.

    Save yourself headaches and get something usable and upgradable like an ASUS or Archos.
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    drip50291 , February 2, 2010 6:50 PM
    Um? yea i'd buy it if it has Win 7. Is that a real question?
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    snotling , February 2, 2010 7:49 PM
    Soo, to make the iPad usefull, you need to RDP into an other machine that has useful capabilities... interesting.
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    festerovic , February 2, 2010 8:26 PM
    keither5150Why not just buy a tablet that already runs windows 7

    because it looks better and people will fawn over it since it's apple.

    I thought the whole point of apple products was to say Look at Me. There have always been better products. Always.
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    snotling , February 2, 2010 8:51 PM
    festerovicbecause it looks better and people will fawn over it since it's apple. I thought the whole point of apple products was to say Look at Me. There have always been better products. Always.

    I think the apple Owner's message is more like:
    I have money and you are wrong.
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