Windows 8 Tablets are expected to be released later this year with various architectures like the usual x86 based processors as well as the ARM based processors.The Competition is against the number one tablet iPad and various flavors of android based tablets.
One of the touted features of the upcoming Windows 8 Tablets is the Metro based apps from their Windows Store,where developers will submit their Metro apps for Windows 8.So one would need a better hardware to test their Metro based apps on a touch screen.Though Microsoft gave away some of the Developer Devices at the Build conference last year,many of the developers who are busy creating their Metro apps still haven’t got a Tablet which would be a Testbed for their apps.
But if you’ve got a hold of an Apple iPad,you can test your Metro apps on their iOS based iPads Courtesy a company named Splashtop,which recently released an iOS app on App Store named Win8 Metro Testbed program.It basically combines an iPad app and a small “streamer” component which runs on a Windows 8 system.
Some of the Features of this app include Windows 8 Metro touch gestures like:
- Swipe from the right for the Charms menu
- Swipe from the left to switch apps
- Pull down from the top to close the app
- Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side
- Pinch to do Semantic Zoom
- And many more gestures for you to explore!
So you just need to buy and download the app on your iPad and install the Streamer file on your target Windows 8 System and a network connection between the iPad and the target system,that is pretty much what is required to stream the Metro app from your iPad.
Download the Win8 Metro Testbed From App Store(Currently priced at 50 % discounted cost at $24.99,official cost is $49.99),You would also require a PC equipped with Windows 8 Consumer Preview where you will install the streamer program.