If you’re a Windows PC owner, you’re in luck. A new application on the App Store lets you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Chrome to browse the web directly from your iPad using the default browser on your main computer.
Splashtop Remote Browser was designed to run your PC’s default browser from the iPad, including all of your plug-ins from Adobe Flash, Microsoft’s Silverlight, Java, any stored login credentials, bookmarks, and more.
The Splashtop Remote Browser app acts as a limited VPN to a Windows PC. The way it works is quite simple. Splashtop Remote Browser connects your iPad to your PC (Windows only for now). Make sure your PC is on, and proceed to install the free Remote Streamer on it. You do not need to be in front of the PC after you install the Streamer. Once the app connects to your PC, it launches your regular web browser, and shows it on your iPad.
Some of the benefits for Windows PC users are:
- Access to Flash-based video. From your iPad you can visit online video, music and radio websites.
- Ability to play Shockwave games. Browser-based gaming is still quite popular. This app allows you to play Flash or Shockwave games from your iPad.
- Access to proprietary media formats or use of ActiveX controls on your browser.
- Intuitive touch controls and iPad keyboard for easy input
Editor’s Note: The free Splashtop Remote Browser supports browsing for up to 5 minutes. If you want access to unlimited sessions, you will need to download the full Splashtop Remote Desktop app, which will set you back $4.99, but will provide many more PC control-type features. The following video shows some of the powerful features that come with the full Splashtop Remote Desktop app.