Splashtop allows touch screen Windows 8 development using an iPad

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imageWindows 8 developers have a problem testing apps for tablets, given that the vast majority of PCs do not have touch screens. One touch screen device that has a pretty high penetration is however the iPad, and Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed allows developers to remotely access their Windows 8 developer machine and try out all major Windows 8 gestures on their iPad.

The app supports:

  •     Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu
  •     Swipe from the left to switch apps
  •     Swipe left/right in Internet Explorer to move between pages
  •     Swipe down to bring up additional menus
  •     Swipe down on an item to select it
  •     Pull down from the top to close an app
  •     Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")
  •     Swipe from left-and-back to show running apps
  •     Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with Semantic Zoom
  •     And more

The iPad app costs $49.99 ($24.99 for a limited period at launch however) and can be found in the App store here.

Read more about the app at Splashtop here.

Via MobilityDigest.com



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  • Anonymous

    I use Splashtop Remote on my iPad and Kindle Fire when I need to access something on my remote desktop, but to be honest, after using them for almost 6months to a year, I’ve come to the conclusion that if Windows 8 is good enough on a tablet, I’d rather have it native.  It will take time for the Win8 store to grow to a decent level with WinRT/Java-CSS apps, but I’ve been using the consumer preview with my laptop and its a better experience than either my iPad or my Kindle and I’d rather just have one experience.  This is my opinion, but I think I’m going to settle into an x86 Windows 8 tablet (hopefully 13-15″ screen) as my next device.

  • CX1

    4.99 for their app normally but the win8 is 49.99? lame

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Sounds like a fancy way of saying “use RDP to connect to your dev PC”. But since its for the icrowd you can bet it will be hailed as the best thing ever and it makes Windows 8 obsolete. /s

    • Anonymous

      How can it? It’s running fully as a Virtual machine (i.e. it isn’t accessing any IOS features at all), which means IMO, as @Drewidian:disqus  stated, anyone using it virtually will just desire it natively, especially when the Preview closes and the market fully opens! :)

  • Anonymous

    This honestly just sets me drooling for Win8’s release!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Gamble/100000435014725 Timothy Gamble

    I noticed due to the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio, that the apps load in letterboxed instead of full screen like on the Samsung Series 7 Slate.