Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad will be possible

Users will be able to run Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad when it releases in March, at least virtually, according to Citrix, a software engineer company. The Citrix Receiver software currently works with the iPhone and iPod, allowing users to virtually connect to Windows from your device.

The Citrix Receiver software works with unmodified Windows 7 applications. The company mentioned in their blog that the iPad will be perfectly suitable to support a Windows 7 virtually:

"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."

Vice President Chris Fleck said, “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." The virtualization software already works great on the iPad SDK kit, and the company promises the application will be ready when the iPad launches.

Citrix offers a free trial of XenDesktop 4 software on their website.

Thanks to ilev for the news tip!

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Right on Euphoria. I'm a Citrix admin as well at a large Univ and it's funny to read all the comments. LOL
Euphoria, drop me a line.

Just like to say that our uni has citrix (which, may I add, is a complete pile of ****), and it doesn't work AT ALL with the ipod client, complete waste of time installing that app.

n_K said,
Just like to say that our uni has citrix (which, may I add, is a complete pile of ****), and it doesn't work AT ALL with the ipod client, complete waste of time installing that app.

I work for a corporation that employs more than 50000 people and we use Citrix a lot.
No offense but you probably pulled that statement out of your ass, or your Uni needs to hire new administrators....

I love the quote " virtualization software already works great on the iPad SDK kit" it's not really virtualization software, its a connector TO virtualization software / hardware which runs on a seperate system elsewhere... thats like calling RDP virtualization, which its just a remote desktop connector...

well thanks for the misleading title *LOL* A remote desktop type connection isn't really running it on the system but "viewing" it on that system.... thin client OS to a virtual system on other hardware, yeah thanks but no thanks... give me a true RDP connection to a real windows system

neufuse said,
thin client OS to a virtual system on other hardware, yeah thanks but no thanks... give me a true RDP connection to a real windows system

Uhhh, you might want to research what XenApp and XenDesktop are before you dismiss them so quickly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_remote_desktop_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrix_XenApp


roadwarrior said,

Uhhh, you might want to research what XenApp and XenDesktop are before you dismiss them so quickly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_remote_desktop_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrix_XenApp


Local execution is still a remote desktop type system... It's not a full OS on the iPad which was my point, I was just trying to simplify it... you pretty much are just viewing the app, you are not running the whole OS locally... executing "parts" of it locally possibly if you really want to, but then that's a waste of bandwidth on a device that could be running over a cell network... so most people would stick with standard Citrix remote desktop / seamless app viewing

satanist said,
Who would want Windows 7 on it anyway.Tell me if it will run OSX snow leopard

No, it isn't even an x86 chip, it just runs the stripped down OSX that was recompiled for the ARM architecture

ARM < I386.

The StrongArm technology is vastly inferior to the Intel i386.

So yes, it is impossible yet inviable.

If I could run my personal or business computer from the ipad..then what's the big deal over all the negativity. It's a cool feature that Steve Jobs never thought to bring to the table.

Wow, misleading title much? Trying to drum up page views much?

"Citrix to bring Win7 connectivity to iPad" would have been much more informative, although I do admit it lacks that punch that this attention seeking title has.

forster said,
Wow, misleading title much? Trying to drum up page views much?

"Citrix to bring Win7 connectivity to iPad" would have been much more informative, although I do admit it lacks that punch that this attention seeking title has.

Hmmm the title "Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad will be possible" for an article talking about being able to use Win 7 (doesn't matter in what form) on the ipad is misleading... no!

Mike Chipshop said,

Hmmm the title "Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad will be possible" for an article talking about being able to use Win 7 (doesn't matter in what form) on the ipad is misleading... no!

It misled me, it misled people in posts above, just because you are more open minded than I :P

Mike Chipshop said,

Hmmm the title "Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad will be possible" for an article talking about being able to use Win 7 (doesn't matter in what form) on the ipad is misleading... no!

It says "Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad will be possible" which implys windows 7 physically installed on the iPad, doesn't say use or interact with, it says on it... 90% of the people seeing that title will thing OMG I CAN INSTALL WINDOWS 7 ON THE IPAD! then be let down to see it's just a virtual machine connector

Edited by neufuse, Feb 1 2010, 1:09pm :

Mike Chipshop said,

Hmmm the title "Windows 7 on the new Apple iPad will be possible" for an article talking about being able to use Win 7 (doesn't matter in what form) on the ipad is misleading... no!


its running a remote desktop client connecting to windows 7 , not windows 7 itself

windows 7 will be possible on the Ipad?
any os will be possible via a remote interface. heck it wont be long before some one codes an app for this so you can get your ps3 or xbox360 on the ipad. remote interfaces are amazing arnt they !

Einlander said,
Any chance of an arm osx version of bosch,qemu,virtualbox,dosbox?

Bosch and QEMU could be made to run on anything, they are full-out emulators

DOSBox has been ported to the Nintendo Wii among other things, i don't see why it couldn't be done on the iPad

assuming they figure out how to hack the iPad to allow user created applications, or Linux as a replacement OS

VirtualBox is a virtualizer, it can only ever run on x86 and x86-64

The funny thing is people had the same kind of vitriol about the Ipod when it first appeared. Guess what? Who knows 3 years everyone and mother will be using a ipad ;)

Melfster said,
The funny thing is people had the same kind of vitriol about the Ipod when it first appeared. Guess what? Who knows 3 years everyone and mother will be using a ipad ;)

Yep, here's a post about the launch of the iPod: http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/10/23/1816257&tid=107

"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."

Stetson said,

Yep, here's a post about the launch of the iPod: http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/10/23/1816257&tid=107

"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."

Even better was this comment about halfway down the page:


Raise your hand if you have iTunes ...

Raise your hand if you have a FireWire port ...

Raise your hand if you have both ...

Raise your hand if you have $400 to spend on a cute Apple device ...

There is Apple's market. Pretty slim, eh? I don't see many sales in the future of iPod.


roadwarrior said,

Even better was this comment about halfway down the page:


Too funny...guest what
They ported iTunes to Windows, added USB sync for Windows computer and lowered the prices...to entice the Windows populace.

Stetson said,

Yep, here's a post about the launch of the iPod: http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/10/23/1816257&tid=107

"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."

Yeah I know. It's a funny article, especially reading all those comments 9 years later.
It's not really about the product, but it's rather about Apple.... It would have been abit different if MS marketed this device.
Cheers

Edited by Euphoria, Feb 1 2010, 6:04pm :

The funny thing is Apple never said this iPad was ever a replacement for any computer. it's an appliance. You set it down on a coffee table or in the bedroom or heck even in the bathroom for easy reading.

Totally agree with this. I think people are reacting to their own expectations, which is possibly set from similar Windows devices.

DonC said,
Totally agree with this. I think people are reacting to their own expectations, which is possibly set from similar Windows devices.

People ALWAYS react to their own expectations. It's a product for god's sake, if it doesn't meet the consumer's expectations it will fail, that's it.

Actually, The iPad is just Apple releasing something no body has asked for, thinking the brand alone is enough to make you buy something. Unfortunately, they might be right !

iamwhoiam said,
That's what books and newspaper's are for.
You are right! In this digital era, I still prefer to take a good book when going to the bathroom and when eating breakfast/dirinking morning coffee newspapers or a decent news channel on the tv would work.

This just in - the iPad will let you teleport across the world to any location by simply viewing a webcam feed! Just load the feed in Safari and you'll be able to be in that location instantly!*


*By being in that location, we simply mean that you will be able to remotely view that location over a network connection. You will not actually teleport, you will simply be using standard technology that has existed for years.

Stetson said,
This just in - the iPad will let you teleport across the world to any location by simply viewing a webcam feed! Just load the feed in Safari and you'll be able to be in that location instantly!*


*By being in that location, we simply mean that you will be able to remotely view that location over a network connection. You will not actually teleport, you will simply be using standard technology that has existed for years.

Unless it's a flash based webcam lol

Thanks for getting my hopes up.

However, I still give hope that Win7 will be able to be installed as a real OS.

pyehac said,
Thanks for getting my hopes up.

However, I still give hope that Win7 will be able to be installed as a real OS.


The iPad use ARM. Windows 7 and Mac OS X uses x86_64 so it's not possible.

day2die said,

The iPad use ARM. Windows 7 and Mac OS X uses x86_64 so it's not possible.

The iPad does not use Arm it uses the new Apple A4 chip.

Kingv84 said,

The iPad does not use Arm it uses the new Apple A4 chip.

ARM is a type of processor, not an actual model. Like x86 and x86_x64. Apple's chip is probably based off of the ARM A9 Cortex reference design, with lots of in house tweaks plus an onboard GPU. They didn't create some new processor architecture from the transistors up.

day2die said,

The iPad use ARM. Windows 7 and Mac OS X uses x86_64 so it's not possible.

I'm fairly sure that's why Apple removed the ability to run OSX on Atom processors and made their own chip... so people can't install it on devices Apple doesn't want to be used with Apple operating systems, and no dual booting! Apple only!

Stetson said,

ARM is a type of processor, not an actual model. Like x86 and x86_x64. Apple's chip is probably based off of the ARM A9 Cortex reference design, with lots of in house tweaks plus an onboard GPU. They didn't create some new processor architecture from the transistors up.

+1

and since it is ARM, maybe there will be a Linux disto for this thing after people figure out how to hack it

day2die said,
The title is misleading. The iPad cannot run Windows 7, only connect to it.

Agreed. All the iPad will 'run' is an RDC client

trek said,

Agreed. All the iPad will 'run' is an RDC client

exactly... as I can now run Windows server on my iphone, and i also did on my wimo phone.

That's not even virtual.. it's remote!!

day2die said,
The title is misleading. The iPad cannot run Windows 7, only connect to it.

This one qualifies for the "most tabloid news title of the year" award. Annoying...

Edited by cowabunga, Feb 1 2010, 6:03am :

day2die said,
The title is misleading. The iPad cannot run Windows 7, only connect to it.

is it that true?. so are they promising a simple remote connection?.

meh.