IDG News Service – Splashtop on Thursday released a new tablet application that replicates the Windows 8 touch-driven Metro user interface on the iPad, which should help developers test applications for Microsoft’s next OS without investing in a Windows tablet.
The “Win8 Metro Testbed — powered by Splashtop” remote desktop application provides a way for developers to test gestures and functionality of their Windows 8 applications on the iPad. The app replicates the Windows 8 UI, and developers will be able to test specific touch-driven applications.
For example, users will be able to test a touch-driven Windows 8 game like pinball on their iPad. The app also delivers full sound and graphics to enhance the testing experience. The testbed also provides the ability to swipe between or view specific menus in programs such as Internet Explorer. Users can also pinch to navigate files, folders, programs and data.
However, while users don’t need a Windows 8 tablet, the app still requires a PC running Microsoft’s upcoming OS as well as Splashtop’s Streamer software. The Windows 8 PC streams the user interface to the iPad over Wi-Fi and the Internet.
The Win9 Metro testbed app is available on Apple’s App Store, at a “promotional” price of $24.99. The actual price is $49.99, Splashtop said.
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