Splashtop, one of the leaders in cross-device computing, today announced the release of Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop, a remote desktop app that allows software developers and technology enthusiasts to simulate a Windows 8 environment on the iPad. Available for $24.99, the app allows developers to test native Metro UI touch gestures on the iPad as they code and compile new apps on their Windows PC.
According to Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder:
“Since Apple’s App Store generates over 80% of all tablet app revenue, nearly every software developer that writes apps for tablets has 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.”
The Win8 Metro Testbed enables native Windows 8 Metro touch gestures, including the ability to:
- 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
Check out this video:
First announced by Microsoft in January 2011, Windows 8 is expected to arrive on desktops and tablets in October 2012. Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop is available now in the App Store.
Note: Keep in mind, Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop, doesn’t actually provide you a copy of Windows 8. Rather, it allows you to remotely connect to a PC (or Mac) that has the operating system already installed.