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Best IT Tools for iPhones and iPads

Earlier this year I published a Redmond magazine cover story about how Windows IT pros use the iPad.

Turns out many of you love the darn thing -- not just for personal use, but for handling IT duties as well.

A few months back we collected a list of the 11 best iPad/iPhone admin tools. Without bogging down this newsletter with unnecessary facts and details (you know me better than that), I'll give a high-level overview:

  • Many Redmond Report readers swear by (not at) the Citrix Receiver, which turns the iPad into a Windows thin client.
  • Database managers can keep tabs on SQL Server with the SQL Server Mobile Database Client from Impathic. This baby costs a scant 8 bucks.
  • Also clocking in at $8 (OK, it is $7.99 -- I rounded up) is WinAdmin from Carter Harrison. It allows you to remote into other computers for basic management.
  • Cloud Connect Pro from Antecea is $25 (you know the drill, subtract a penny and you'll get the exact price). It lets you track and get files you may have scattered across many cloud services such as DropBox.

All this pricing, $7.99 this, $25.99 that, really bugs me. It makes it harder to do expense reports and balance your checkbook. Hey, if McDonald's can make millions with its dollar menu, why can't software vendors have straightforward and non-gimmicky prices? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/04/2011 at 1:18 PM


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