There are few months left for the release of the Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system, however with the technology world appears to have warmed to Win8 Consumer preview OS, the Metro interface does seem as though it would be much better suited to a tablet.
As we know that the Windows 8 will not just be limited to the desktop this time around, also to spread across to mobile devices with Windows eigth iteration offering deep integration with the popular Xbox + Kinect combo. With ASUS amongst those rumored to be preparing a Windows 8 tablet, it will be interesting to see just how the intertwined cross-platform system pans out.
I have installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview as well as Consumer Preview on my computer and experienced the scrolling lock screen and also the awesome start buttons and some irritating functions and features as well. The most annoying functionality in that operating system was something about Metro style.
If you are eager to see just how the Metro UI will look and function at tablet level, yes this company named Splashoad has pushed an application as an answer to your entertainment. A veteran in the remote desktop apps scene, it has really set a new benchmark by creating an app offering a relatively accurate Windows 8 tablet Metro UI to the market-leading iPad.
Named the Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop, it allows developers to test for Windows 8 tablets without actually owning one, Splashtop’s CEO and co-founder, Mark Lee rightly points out, nearly every software dev writing tablet apps is in ownership of an iPad:
“With Windows 8 Metro expected to ship on over 400 million new PCs and tablets annually, these developers have high expectations for an enormous new market. Splashtop lets them turn their iPad into a development testbed to evaluate touch gestures and functionality of their app in a Windows 8 environment.”
With the help of this app, you can use all of Windows 8 gestures, play with the different UI, swipe and tap at things and develop Metro based apps for future use. However a Windows 8-based desktop is required to stream apps onto the iPad. Yes you thought right, this is a remote desktop app, something similar to OnLive Desktop app.
The app doesn’t come without a fairly heavy price tag. It currently costs $25, although that figure is set to double once the promotional period has run its course. so decide what you want to try it or not!
If you’re a owner of an iPad, and wish to test apps or just the interface, we advise this is a pretty exciting investment for your Apple tablet.
Download Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop [iTunes Link]