Win8 Metro Testbed: The iPad app made for Testing Windows 8
It’s funny that even those in direct competition with Apple really can’t avoid utilizing the iPad and all its possible uses. With the launch of Windows 8 tablets still off in the future, it appears that potential developers are turning to the iPad as their platform for testing Win8 apps.
The app making this possible is called Win8 Metro Testbed . Somewhat surprisingly, Apple decided to let Splashtop put the app in the App Store, even though it totally replicates the Win8 interface on the iPad. There must have been some executive decision-making going on at Apple, since the Win8 Metro Testbed is clearly aimed at developers, and not meant to replace iOS functionality with stuff from Microsoft. Plus, the $49.99 price tag will definitely deter casual users who just want to experiment with a different tablet interface (note: it’s currently priced at $24.99 for an introductory period).
So, what else can we infer from Apple allowing the Win8 Metro Testbed into the App Store? Well, for one thing, they must not see Win8 tablets as too big of a threat, otherwise they surely wouldn’t want to lend a hand to developers by providing this testing ground… But then there’s Splashtop and their interesting methods of computing, which could also be playing havoc with Apple’s App Store guidelines.
An executive from Splashtop, Cliff Miller, has this to say about the testbed app:
“If they [developers] want to test their app with touch gestures there’s only one way to do that and that is to buy a Windows tablet, and that can cost $500 to $1,000 or more… And 99 percent of Win8 tablet devlopers—they have iPads.”
… And just like that, we have pretty sound reasoning for why Splashtop wanted to bring the testbed to iPad. Some of the Win8 tablet gestures that will be available for testing include:
- 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
- And more
The interface sounds interesting, if nothing else. Check out the video to see it in action.