Can I connect to the server from my Mac/iPhone/iPad?

March 2, 2012

My clients often ask why they cannot connnect to the Remote Web Access site at their workplace with their MacOS (Macintosh) or iOS device (iPad/iPhone.)

Connecting to the servers requires a bit of software called an ActiveX Control, and only Windows computers can make sense of ActiveX Controls, and then only while using Internet Explorer. So, no Mac support.

While I’m sure that Microsoft could find a way to get ActiveX-like connectivity on non-Windows-based computers, they lack the motivation; not only is Apple’s OS in competition with Microsoft’s, but Windows holds greater than 90% of the worldwide operating system market share so they have little incentive to expend the resources neccessary to address such a small market.