Win8 Metro Testbed to Develop Metro Apps on iPad

One of the biggest complaints about Windows Phone 7 is the lack of apps, as compared to the iPhone. Sure 70,000 is a lot but iPhone has over 400,000. Now the dilemma is enhanced by the lack of touch features on the current windows pad hardware. Solution: use the iPad. That’s right, the iPad. For developers that want to build touch apps for Windows 8, they can use the Win8 Metro Testbed App from Splashtop . This will let developers build those touch featured apps.

Win8 Metro Testbed

Undoubtedly, apps developers have to overcome obstacles to make their programs work quickly and efficiently. And Apple, Google, and Microsoft are constantly throwing new conditions into the system. The ultimate outcome will be great, but developers usually scratch their heads and say, “Ok, now how do I do that?” This especially true with the new touch features that will come with Windows 8.

So Win8  Metro Testbed can provide assistance to developers.  The program combines two pieces—an iPad app and a small “streamer” component that runs on a Windows 8 system. With this combination developers get  a remote connection that is responsive and applicable to the Windows 8 experience.

Developers can use the following guides lines to work with the app

  • Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu
  • Swipe from the left to switch apps
  • Pull down from the top to close an app
  • Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side (“snapping”)
  • Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with Semantic Zoom

How to get and use the Win8 Metro Testbed program

First download the app from the AppStore. But you also need the Streamer in order to connect to the Windows8.

The Splashtop Streamer includes the option to connect the Windows 8 client to a Google account, so that you can create a remote connection over the Internet.

One more note. The interesting feature of this app is that it relies on an iPad to create Windows8 apps. So it looks like software companies are beginning to appreciate the new Windows8 market and are trying to prepare for it.

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