Splashtop puts Windows 8 on your iPad in the ultimate show of sacrilege

Splashtop puts Windows 8 on your iPad in the ultimate show of sacrilege

Splashtop's desktop-to-mobile virtualization app has just perversely enabled users to access their Windows 8 PC desktop on their iPad. Of course, this sort of VPN is nothing new, but it is the first time we're seeing it with Windows 8, much of which was designed specifically for touch input. It looks like all of the gestures are there, including multitouch to reposition tiles, leftwards swipes to go back a step, dual-pane multitasking, menu options on the right side, and icon options from the bottom. Latency seems low, which means it's responsive enough to at least play a simple pinball game.

Even as Apple fans, it's hard to ignore that Windows 8 actually looks pretty awesome, and if you can have a reliable, consistent experience with it through Splashtop while still having full access to the perks of iOS, I'm tempted to give it a shot.  Of course, for this particular set up, you need to have Splashtop installed on your existing Windows 8 computer (unlike OnLive, which hosts the remote Windows machine for you). It's worth noting that since Windows 8 is still technically in a developer beta, Splashtop is gearing this towards programmers who are interested in testing their apps in a touch environment.

If you're interested in giving this a shot, the Win8 Metro Testbed for Splashtop is currently half off, but even then, it's a little steep at $24.99. In any case, Splashtop's Win8 Metro Testbed looks like it works well enough. How many of you iPad owners out there are still using a Windows machine? Are you tempted to give Windows 8 a shot? Maybe there are even a few of you thinking of switching away from Mac...

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If you're looking for alternatives, iTap Mobile has an app for $11.99 that uses the RDP protocol, which is native to Windows, so it doesn't need something installed on the PC. RDP also captures the vectors of open windows rather than simply streaming a live image of the screen, which means reduced latency and improved responsiveness. Unfortunately, iTap doesn't list support for Windows 8 yet, but Windows 8 supports RDP - it should work, right?

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Source: Splashtop Blog

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Splashtop puts Windows 8 on your iPad in the ultimate show of sacrilege


Finally a useful iPad?
You do realize that you could already do this with OS X or even Windows 7, if slumming it with Windows is your thing.
You do realize that Windows 8 on ARM is going to be no better than iPad, since it will have third party desktop apps. Only Metro Apps. Are they going to be worthless as well?

If there was any doubt left, this makes it clear that Apple needs to update iOS to multitask like webOS does so well (boy, do I miss the cards!)...shouldn't that be rather easy to do now that webOS is open source?! Or at least come up with an original version as Microsoft has done here...c'mon, Apple, swallow some pride and get on board!

Lol Apple "swallowing some of their pride" that'll never happen there's a better chance of the sun going out than that.
Now if they have to adjust because of competition (by means of sales not functionality) catching up then we'll see some big improvements.

Not sure there would be much "pride swallowing" as the 'cards' concept appeared in Safari for iPhone OS version 1, which predates webOS. And, at least on the iPad, iOS already has the same app switching functionality, four finger swipe up brings up the app switcher, four fingers swipe left/right switch apps. I hope this hits the iPhone with iOS 6.

Thought this was a jailbreak theme; wouldn't that be sweet! iOS sure does get boring sometimes. Would love to have this on my iPad.

Crazy as it may sound, I actually like the way this looks on the iPad. The Metro UI in Windows 8 doesn't look like it'd be very user-friendly on a desktop (I'd stick with the "normal" Windows 7 style UI for that). But it does look a lot more appropriate for a tablet.

The author thinks Winows 8 looks "awesome?" I think it looks hideous. The colors are awful and the tiles take on more of a child's toy feel with each use. It's an insulting, condescending interface.

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