Run Windows on iPad using remote-computing apps

Michael lasky By Michael Lasky

Windows users might dismiss Apple’s new ultra-light, ultra-sleek iPad as just another frivolous toy for Mac heads.

But add remote-computing software and services, and the iPad’s combination of light weight and nicely sized screen makes Apple’s pad a dandy Windows terminal.

I’m writing this story on my iPad, using Microsoft Word for Windows 2007 that’s actually running on my home-office desktop PC. I’ve pulled off this stunt thanks to the handful of remote computing apps designed to work with iPad (and iPhone). Yes, I can have my Apple cake and Windows, too.

Even Adobe Flash, which Steve Jobs declared persona non grata on iPads and iPhones, now has a place on the iPad screen. Flash videos don’t run well (due to the slow screen refresh rates typical of remote-control software), but they do run. Even with a strong Wi-Fi signal, Flash videos were choppy at best.

The ingredients for this Windows/iPad trick are a PC that’s left on, remote-control software on the iPad and PC, and a good Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

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About Michael Lasky

WS contributing editor Michael Lasky is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California, who has 20 years of computer-magazine experience, most recently as senior editor at PC World.