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Splashtop Allows Windows 8 "To Run" On iPad 2, New iPad

It's an eerie view, Windows 8 Beta/Consumer Preview, running on an iPad but that has been made possible thanks to a company called Splashtop which launched an app called Win8 Metro Testbed.

Strictly speaking though, the OS doesn't run on the iPad. Instead, users can remotely control the OS from a slave machine using swipes, gestures and classic keyboard entries.

The App normally costs $44.99 but is available for sale for $24.99 for a limited period. Like most remote desktop solutions, there's a client and a server.

The free server software is installed on the Windows 8 computer and you can access it after typing a pre-agreed password. Remotely running Windows 8 on a local network is fast as expected with gestures, swiping and pinching smooth and without lag.

Another alternative to Splastop would be Teamviewer which is available both for PC and iPad app. It would be interesting to see whether Microsoft launches a web-based demo just like it did for Windows Phone 7 back in November 2011.

In essence, Splashtop shows that Microsoft doesn't necessarily have to run Windows 8 on an Apple tablet platform to make it an interesting pseudo cloud-based OS.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.