You read that right, you can now run the Windows 8 Metro UI on your iPad. Splashtop as a company is known for making solutions that lets users remote access devices over a network. Splashtop has developed a similar app for the iPad which allows users to test out Windows 8 apps on the Metro UI remotely. The Win8 Metro Testbed app is available on the Apple iTunes Store for a price of $24.99 (approximately Rs. 1,300). This is of course the limited offer price. The cost of this app is likely to go up to $49.99 (approximately Rs. 2,600) when the offer ends. The setup requires you to install the iPad app and a Splashtop Streamer software on the Windows 8 PC. After doing an initial security verification, you should be able to access the Windows 8 Metro UI on the iPad.
The app is most handy as of now to developers who want to test their Metro UI apps on a tablet without having to wait and buy a Windows 8 tablet, when they eventually do start coming to the market. It's not just the interface, but even the gestures on Windows 8 can be performed on the iPad. The software for the Windows 8 PC has very nominal requirements – a 1.6GHz processor along with 1GB of memory.
The software also gives users the chance to see how well Windows 8 functions as a tablet operating system. Going by the demonstration video above, it works rather well. Splashtop has a bunch of other software for the iPad, one of which is called the Splashtop XDisplay which allows you to use the iPad as a second display for your computer. Splashtop also has an integrated operating system product that’s built into motherboards. It allows users to browse, chat and do some other functions without even having an operating system installed on the hard drive.
Publish date: April 16, 2012 2:24 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:03 pm