Citrix Will Enable Remote Windows 7 Access for iPad

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Remote access wizards Citrix have announced that they're getting ready to make Apple's just-announced iPad a fairly awesome thin client for IT types eager to connect to their bigger Windows 7 boxes (and hopefully Linux and others 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 iPhone restrictions of screen size and small keyboards are overcome with the iPad. The iPad looks to be an ideal end-point device that can empower users to be productive wherever they are and IT will be able to safely deliver company-hosted virtual desktops and apps without worry.

A good friend of mine who works as a network admin called me drooling over the idea of just such functionality right after the announcement. Assuming Citrix (and similar companies) can nail the interface, TiPb figures there'll be another business vertical taking a serious look at the iPad.

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Citrix Will Enable Remote Windows 7 Access for iPad

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This is pretty cool.
Citrix is such a bandwidth hog that OTHER THAN local use (intranet) it simply does not scale well at all.
But its great for a campus or in-house pushing of apps to the work floor while maintaining strict control of the software and database.
Still, if they are working on a Mac OSX version (as rumored in another TiPb story), why not talk to Uncle Microsoft and have them release a native Win7 os for it too?
Citrix has always been something of a kludge and desperate measure.

This means that theoretically you could watch flash enabled content via a remote desktop session....

You can already RDP into windows boxes with the iPhone. Jaadu RDP is the best client I have used on any mobile device. I would have to say it is the best and most useful app on the iPhone. Well worth the $25 I paid for it.
And yes you can watch Flash but it probably will not be very smooth unless your on a local network.

This is the only reason I would fork out money and buy an iPad in it's current form. Controlling a Windows 7 computer via an iPad sounds fantastic!

I'm gonna tell u my iPad firuovates: We Doodle, Restaurant Story, talking Tom cat, froggyjump (iPhone), cut the rope, HOLY BIBLE, thts pretty much my fave on my iPad xD

There are other clients already out there, like Jaadu (mentioned above) or the combined RDP and VMware View client from Wyse named PocketCloud.
I use this one fairly often on my iPod touch and the speed, stability and the cool mouse pointer is worth every cent. IMHO much better than Jaadu. Man, I really look forward to get my hands on a iPad to test PocketCloud there.

I never thought of the iPad as a 'thin client.' Although from a purely technical standpoint, it may qualify. It's just so functional that it never occurred to me. I did, however, think that the iPad would be a fantastic tool for remote access, and it's great to see that becoming a reality.

Yeah,i've been back but just too busy lol But dont worry,ill alwyas be subscribed to you Im actually kinda surprised you remembered me xD

tnirihdtuwbenes on January 28, 2011 wow. cool design. what does it look like without rotating though? I'm kinda curious how it picks up the wind. Better add a link to this vid at WindTurbines(dot)Net

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.

Thanks for another fantastic article. Where else could anyone get that type of information in such a great method of writing? I have a presentation in a few days, and I'm on the look for such information.

i used the redonsw one.. im running 4.3.5 on a 3g but i got it to work i downloaded a theme off it.. i let it restart.. but it got stuck on the apple logo.. i restored it.. jailbroke it again and then it did the same thing.. do i have to downgrade it. i read that 4.3.5 has high security and that it freezes and glitches