Saturday, November 18, 2017

Running Windows Applications on Android

Yesterday we told you how to run an Android-based app on Windows. The work is quite easy to do thanks to the help of several types of emulator program that can be installed directly to the tablet device or smartphone users. Is the opposite possible, running a Windows program on Android?

The answer: Yes, it can be a little complicated. Users need some sort of virtualization software and a powerful Internet connection to run Windows on a tablet or Android smartphone. Furthermore, the user must also keep the PC running at home. Applications like Microsoft's Remote Desktop help users do that, with certain versions of Windows. With the presence of apps like CrossOver, which is soon available for Android, users can also run Windows on Android devices running with x86 processors.

Solutions in which Windows applications are used on Android-based tablets or smartphones tend to relate to how to access a virtual PC or a Windows PC through the cloud. So it's not about how to run Windows programs on your Android phone or tablet. Furthermore, while this solution marks the limitation of resources on most Android phones or tablets, the virtual PC solution is now a sensible choice.

Using Microsoft's Remote Desktop

The first method is to connect Android devices with PCs using Microsoft's Remote Desktop app installed on the Android system. For now it is the only option that provides many advantages, especially to access all types of software used on your PC. However, this solution still raises many shortcomings.

The first drawback: although you do not need to install anything inside the PC, but the Remote Desktop usage solution will only work if you are running a particular version of Windows. For example, if you are a Windows 8 user, then what is needed is Pro or Enterprise version. While Windows 7 users are limited only to the Ultimate, Enterprise, or Professional version.

That's why the use of Remote Desktop solution on Android can not be done by users of Windows 8 Home Edition. Similar options can not be done by Windows 10 users, since this one version does not provide support for running Remote Desktop on Android.

The second shortcoming is the nature of the remote itself. When running, a home PC should still be needed, while users may be able to bring their Android everywhere out of the house. Poorly, this option will increase the user's electric bill.

Although the option to use Remote Desktop can run on any smartphone based on Android, tablet device seems to be more reasonable than smartphones. The thing is simple: navigating the Windows desktop on a small smartphone screen will prompt the user to frequently panning and zooming.

In the near future it seems that we can run Windows programs without any problems. This is possible thanks to the codeweavers CrossOver app. In other words, in the future the use of Remote Desktop seems to be pulled from the options, even though the CrossOver usage option is still limited to certain Android devices running with x86 processors.

Dual-boot Windows and Android

There seems to be a trend where the OS platform is now designed so that it can work on multiple platforms. Although still needed further development, but interesting solutions at least have surfaced in the middle of Android-Windows dichotomy is now emerging everywhere.


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