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Citrix plans for Windows 7 virtualization on iPad

updated 03:30 pm EST, Mon February 1, 2010

Existing software said to be compatible

Developer Citrix says it expects the iPad, due in March, to support Windows 7 virtualization through present or upcoming software. Corporations should be able to serve Windows 7 to iPad clients using XenDesktop or XenApp; each tablet will require a copy of Receiver, a free App Store download. Multiple Windows apps should be able to run simultaneously under virtualization.

The iPad's larger screen and resolution should make Receiver easier to use, Citrix adds. No matching upgrades have been announced, but the company is nevertheless soliciting feedback that could see Receiver modified. While most iPhone apps run on an iPad without changes, adjustments are essential for exploiting the 9.7-inch display.

by MacNN Staff



  1. clwilla

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good luck with Apple, who is trying to change the user's interaction with computers, enabling Win 7 virtualization. What a way to take a novel idea and smear s*** all over it so no one wants to touch it.

  1. MacNNBTG

    Joined: Dec 1969



    your comment Since the ARM chip in the IPad won't run OSX, why would it run W7?

  1. MacNNBTG

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Since the ARM chip in the IPad won't run OSX, why would it run W7?

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think MacNNBTG means,

    If Windows 7 can be virtualized (or is it emulation???) why can't OS X? The limiting factor on both of these is the 64GB limit.

    Access to external devices would be nice (e.g. Time Machine or granting access to read/write a network share) or dock connection...

    Until then, it is just a Giant iPod Touch (but still worth looking at)

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Virtualization or Remote Session?

    Citrix, AFAIK doesn't specialize in virtualization (Fusion, Parallels, Virtual Box), but instead work with remote sessions / screen sharing and control (VNC, ARD, Timbuktu). That's a completely different thing. I was already hoping to use the iPad as essentially a nice VNC client since the iPad itself won't run most of the software I use. (If Apple ports ARD admin tools to the iPad they'll have a killer product for Apple network admins). The ability to run Windows directly on the iPad would give us access to a lot of great old Windows games (VNC and similar technologies generally don't support audio, so not a good option for games, even those that don't require fast screen refresh). Can you imagine playing the original Baldur's Gate games through again on an iPad? How about IWDII, which never made it to the Mac? I could definitely see myself wasting a few hours running that on the iPad using windows virtualization software.

  1. drdidg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thin Client

    First three comments. Due realize that Virtualization would all happen on the PC and that Citrix would only act as a thin client. This would not be running any kind of virtualization locally on the iPad.

  1. MChieh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Run Flash on Win 7 VM?

    Will it be able to run Flash under Windows 7 virtualization? If so, there ya go! =P

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It isn't virtualization

    Citrix does NOT do virtualization anything. Metaframe is basically Windows Remote Desktop on steroids.

    And there's no reason it wouldn't be on the iPad, since you can get VNC and RDC for the iPhone.

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