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Friday, June 8, 2012

Use Windows 8 on your Android tablet using this Splashtop app

Splashtop was in the news, a while back and they’re in the news, again. Back in April, they released an app that would let you access Windows 8 over the network on your iPad and it came with the ability to use gestures, and so on. Now, they’re at it again and this time on Android tablets. The app is called Win8 Metro Testbed and is available for download on the Google Play store. It’s priced at Rs. 1,383, which makes it a tad expensive, but it’s still way more affordable than buying one of the Windows 8 tablets, when they arrive. The app is most handy, as of now to developers who want to test their Metro UI apps on a tablet without having to wait and buy a Windows 8 tablet, when they eventually do start entering the market. The setup requires you to install the app on your tablet and a server software called the Splashtop Streamer software on your Windows 8 PC. After doing an initial security verification, you should be able to access the Windows 8 Metro UI on the tablet.


Splashtop, as a company is known for making solutions that lets users remote access devices over a network. Splashtop has developed a similar app for the iPad, which allows users to test out Windows 8 apps on the Metro UI remotely. The Win8 Metro Testbed app for iPads is also available on the Apple iTunes Store for a price of $24.99 (approximately Rs. 1,300).

One of the unique features of the app was the ability to use gestures. The software for the Windows 8 PC has very nominal requirements - a 1.6GHz processor, along with 1GB of memory. The software also gives users the chance to see how well Windows 8 functions, as a tablet operating system. Splashtop also has a bunch of other software for the iPad, one of which is called the Splashtop XDisplay, which allows you to use the iPad as a second display for your computer. Splashtop also has an integrated operating system product that’s built into motherboards. It allows users to browse, chat and do some other functions without even having an operating system installed on the hard drive.


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