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Apple briefly allowed Windows onto the Ipad

Users rushed to get Microsoft
Wed Oct 27 2010, 09:49

ONE SURPRISING RESULT since Apple freed up its autocratic app development rules was an app that allows you to run Windows on an Ipad.

An emulator called IDOS that costs only 99 cents threatens to turn the Ipad into something useful.

It is based on DOSbox, which is an open source DOS emulator. It has PC keyboard support, mouse support and multiple screen modes.

Apparently the world wide web is packed with people posting on forums about the various DOS games they have managed to get running.

Alas, Jobs' Mob did not put up with the IDOS software running on its machines for long and, despite being what users were wanting in some DOS retro-goodness, it was pulled.

Theoretically it does comply with all the new approval guidelines, but at the same time running Microsoft games on an Apple machine is the ultimate heresy.

Perhaps the thing that got Apple's goat was the fact that people were installing Windows 3.0 on the Ipad. We guess it was proving a lot better than the Apple OS X that the Ipad shipped with.

Now it seems that people using DOS on their Ipad will have to become jailbreakers and download it without the blessing of Saint Steve. We are hoping to see an Android version of the Ipad next. µ



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