A brand new application is now allowing anyone to run Windows 8 on their iPad from your PC. Why would you want to do it though?. Well, like some of us, even if we like playing around with different kinds of technology, that may even include software from Microsoft themselves as mainstream as they pretty much are already. We’re at Windows 7 only right now, and Windows 8 is the new thing being tested by geeks lately. No, not me yet but… when it’s required I guess I might have to upgrade.
Anyways, this application was not designed or created by Microsoft. Yes, the Windows 8 part was. But a company named Splashtop created this application. And you can actually use it in all of the iPad’s full touch-screen glory even though the OS is being remotely controlled from a desktop PC. All of the Windows 8 tablet gestures and features are accessible fully from the iPad, by itself.
So how does this new system work?. Well first you need to install Win8 Metro Testbed (the app for the iPad), and once it is installed it will be renamed to Splashtop Win8 on the icon for the launcher. And after that you need to download and install the new free Splashtop Streamer client software that will be on your desktop PC this time, so that your iPad can communicate with your computer to run Windows 8.
As you launch the application on the tablet it then scans the local network your connected to and looks for any PC’s that have the Streamer software installed. When it finds the PC you then tap the name of your PC that you want to start controlling and then you enter the security code. The remote session of Windows 8 then starts running on your iPad, wirelessly.
This application gives you the full amount of control of Windows 8 from your desktop PC with a very fluid and responsive user interface. You’ll be able to swipe and also of course pinch your finger your way through the OS with pretty much no lag at all.
While you navigate through Windows 8 on your local Wi-Fi network, you’ll notice that it’s quite speedy. The company Splashtop additionally allows you to take control of your PC over the internet aswell using your own Google account login details, which is also faster than you would think it would be despite it not being through your local Wi-Fi network.
A whole new perspective is taken from Windows 8 as being a touch screen operating system. The very same Metro User Interface won’t work that good or even if at all on a regular PC which suddenly has sprung life onto a tablet. Developers of Windows 8 and anyone else you wants to try out the new operating system from Microsoft on their own iPad’s should test drive this app.
I am guessing that Windows 8 will be released some time later this year. Apple has already revealed Mountain Lion so I’m sure Microsoft is pushing to release their new OS sometime before or after Apple makes their move with their new OS. But for me, when the iPad goes down in price (used) on ebay to around $100 I might get one. I don’t need the latest and greatest and I just want something I can mount to some sort of adjustable stand for my bed so I can surf the net before I go to bed every night. A laptop no longer works for me that well. I initially thought that you would be installing Windows 8 on your iPad from reading the title of the article that I found out about this from. But it’s good that it doesn’t run that way, and just is virtualized on the iPad and is still barely laggy to try out.