iPad Windows on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TSE, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I don't have a laptop and always wanted an iPad but figured I would let it mature before I bought one.

    I have a question though. Is there a way to run Microsoft office through a web browser or app? And is there a way to run an old windows 98 game an an iPad? I know programs such as onlive exist but do they let you run any game you install?

  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    No, the iPad is just like an iPhone in terms of what you can run. It's either coded in the App Store or it's unavailable.
  3. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    Yes its possible just download the onlive desktop app its free to use for basic word and excel use.
  4. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    what about for installing and running windows games?
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    In its current state, on live only let's you use office apps. I think they are working on a gaming solution though from past reports I've read
  6. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    thanks for the info duke.... Is there any way to run a windows 98 game on iPad currently?
  7. Gotoma macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2012
    If you have a decent Internet connexion then just use team viewer to access your home computer from your iPad.
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    If you want a tablet that runs Windows desktop programs, then perhaps you should look into Windows 8 (full Win8, not RT).
  9. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Yep (I was thinking PocketCloud rdp)
  10. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I would have my doubts that games would work too well remotely on an iPad.
  11. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
  12. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    I lot of games are being or have been remade for the iPad. Might be worth it to check out the app store for any games you are wanting to play.
  13. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    The free CloudOn App will give you the free Windows Office applications for your iPad that you are looking for. I've found the connectivity to be a little less than desirable, meaning that the connection to the cloudon server times out too often for any real use.

    I prefer to use Pages, Numbers, Keynote.
  14. Giuly macrumors 68040


  15. Buckeyestar macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2011
    Ugh! I don't want Windows on my laptop, I'd certainly not want it on my iPad.
  16. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    OP didn't ask for Windows on the iPad...


    To the OP, if and when we finally get a jailbreak there are a number of options. I have the iDos app (was temporarily available on app store) which I have added several old Windows games in and have run successfully. What games are you specifically looking to play? Perhaps I can locate a copy and test for you.

    As for Office, I do concur with others that Pages offers a capable alternative and is compatible with Word documents. If you are looking for a no-compromise full Office experience, your best bet is to use OnLive or setup your own PC with Office on it for RDP. I've used LogMeIn Ignition and iTeleport remotely for this type of stuff. And if you're within the same wifi network as your PC then Splashtop 2 is by far the slickest and best performing app for controlling your Mac/PC.
  17. guitarmandp macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2012
    If you get something like splashtop you will be able to use your windows computer on your iPad and run office.
  18. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    The long rumoured Office 365 client should launch on iOS sometime this year (hopefully).
  19. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Another vote for the iWork suite. I've been using Numbers and Pages instead of Excel and Word and it's nice to have them automagically sync across all my devices. (iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, MacBook). The more I use them the less I think about using Excel and Word.
  20. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Age of empires 2.... Specifically... If it's quick enough to play with a mouse
  21. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    I haven't downloaded the files for AoE 2 to test because I've read on a couple threads regarding iDos and Dospad and they seem to struggle with games that new. Some claim Warcraft 2 works and others not so much.

    I think ultimately the lack of mouse would make AoE 2 on iPad more frustrating then fun. There are on the other hand many games from that era that rely much more on keyboard only.

    Honestly if you are really looking for a touchscreen + tablet form device, but absolutely want to run legacy games then your best off with a Windows 8 tablet like the Samsung ATIV Smart PC or Lenovo Tablet 2. These run atom processors which exceed the expectations of legacy software and MS Office, also offering long battery life, fanless cooling, and thin/light form. Having tested some of these devices I still opted for an iPad knowing what I would miss out on, so I wouldn't blame you for doing the same. But don't fool yourself that the iPad will fulfill all your expectations. It simply won't.

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