Day: February 4, 2014

Hosted Desktops: IronOrbit Mac OS and iOS Compatibility

IronOrbit Hosted Desktops are IT solutions that appear and perform the same as locally-installed Windows desktop operating systems. They are accessible from anywhere with any computer, thin client, tablet, or smartphone that has an internet connection.

This holds true even for devices that aren’t normally compatible with Windows operating systems or applications. These include any device manufactured by Apple—namely Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Ways that businesses can take advantage of the compatibility of IronOrbit Hosted Desktop with Apple computers, tablets, and smartphones include:

Provide Mac users with access to Windows applications.

Some Windows applications (including Microsoft Access, Microsoft OneNote, and Microsoft Publisher) can’t be installed on Mac computers. And Mac versions of applications like are usually missing many of the newer and more advanced features of the Windows versions. Microsoft hasn’t released a new version of Microsoft Office for Mac since 2010, for example. Businesses could, therefore, use IronOrbit Hosted VDIs to provide employees with Mac computers with access to important Windows applications.

Implement a more centralized and manageable IT infrastructure.

Deploying these applications on IronOrbit Hosted Desktops results have important advantages.  It results in more centralized, secure, and manageable IT infrastructure than installing them separately on each device. Even if it’s possible to directly install all of a business’s applications on all of its employees’ devices.

Each IronOrbit Hosted Desktop deployment involves consolidation onto a small number of interconnected servers. These servers handle all of the processing and storage requirements of the Hosted Desktops. Except for the video and audio of the Hosted Desktop that’s streamed to the user’s device, no data from the Hosted Desktops is ever transferred off of our servers.

We protect these servers with 24x7x365 security monitoring and our Orbital Security System (firewalls, IDS/IPS, antivirus, and content filtering). Also, the centralization of IronOrbit Hosted Desktops enables businesses to install or update applications on all of the desktops of a Hosted VDI deployment with just a few clicks.

Provide iPad and iPhone users with access to Windows applications.

There are other ways to access Windows-only applications on Mac computers than just with IronOrbit Hosted Desktops, but they’re slower and more expensive than our solutions; and in any case, they don’t work with iPads or iPhones. IronOrbit Hosted Desktops, on the other hand, is accessible from any of the Apple tablets or smartphones.

It’s been 30 years since the first Mac computer was introduced by Apple—and what better way to celebrate that milestone than for businesses to contact IronOrbit at or (888) 753-5060, sign up for our Desktop Virtualization, Server Virtualization, or Application Hosting solutions, and extend the availability of their critical Windows applications to all of their Apple devices!