Using Windows 8 on a desktop might give you an idea of how the whole thing will work in the tablet world- but it’s just not the same. Unfortunately, I only have an iPad 2 and a few Android tablets laying around, nothing that runs Windows 8. Or so you might think.
A while back, Splashtop released a version of its streaming software specifically designed for Windows 8 and its touch interface, known as Win8 Metro TestBed. While I already owned and paid for the standard version, it wasn’t exactly Metro/Modern friendly, so once again Slashtop gets my money.
The $10 or so aside, how well does this solution work? Near flawlessly. Response time is excellent and using apps feels like it would with a Windows 8 touch device. Games were much more fun when using the iPad/Win8 combination.
The touch gestures for the charm bar and other elements worked great- though it took me a bit to figure out. I was used to accessing things by clicking in corners and other desktop navigation methods. This was quite a different way of doing things.
Even the desktop seemed to navigate pretty darn well in Windows 8 via the iPad. Was the desktop perfect? No, but it won’t be on any tablet, since it really isn’t all that touch friendly. I highly recommend this method for testing out Windows 8 until you pick up some official Windows hardware.
For starters, it costs very little compared to buying a Windows 7 tablet and upgrading. If you have a good PC and internet connection, it also works much better than many Win7 tablets. Most Win7 lower-priced tablets seem to give a less than stellar Windows 8 demonstration but the streaming solution was very quick and felt just as easy to use as iOS did.
Installation is a breeze as well. To get started you simply buy the app, install the streamer on your desktop, and you are in business. While this might be obvious, keep in mind you will need a working copy of Windows 8 installed on a PC in order to use this.
Anyone else use this on the iPad or even an Android tablet? What do you think?
You can check out the app from their official site. Again this allows you to ‘stream’ Windows 8 to Android and iOS hardware. Pretty cool way to give Win8 a try.