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Splashtop Drops Windows 8 Metro Testbed Onto Android

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the check-it-out dept.

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MojoKid writes "Want to try out the Windows 8 Metro interface on your Android tablet? Splashtop apparently has a solution. The company previously released a Windows 8 Metro testbed for the iPad back in April, and now it has one for Android devices, which is available in the Google Play Store. You'll need a PC with the Windows 8 Release Preview installed, but once you have that taken care of, you'll be able to poke around Microsoft's new touch interface on any Android tablet."

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Why (3, Insightful)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 years ago | (#40282267)

Why would you even want to do that?

Re:Why (3, Informative)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | about 2 years ago | (#40282429)

Developing touchscreen applications for Windows without purchazing an additional device?

Sounds like a remote desktop solution, optimized for touch. Could be handy for accessing a pc from the couch or meeting room.

Re:Why (3, Insightful)

alexhs (877055) | about 2 years ago | (#40282657)

Developing touchscreen applications for Windows

Why would you even want to do that?

Re:Why (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40283465)

I've been using an Asus Transformer Pad for a few weeks now. The touch really does add a lot of nuance and ease to the system. The option to undock and lose a few ounces on the weight of the device is a really big selling feature. Having a more traditional OS on the platform with great touch support would make for a unique user experience that I, as a developer, would like to participate in.

Re:Why (1)

weszz (710261) | about 2 years ago | (#40286053)

I've been using the transformer prime with dock and just love it... some things are easier with touch than finding where the mouse is at that point. Now whenever i am on a regular laptop, I find myself trying to touch the screen now and then and for a second being surprised it didn't work...

Re:Why (2)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#40285827)

Because MS is buying into the industry hype about tablets being the future and desktops being dead. You know, just like with netbooks a couple years ago. What happened with those, by the way? Oh yeah, I remember! People realized they suck and no optical drive is crap and the speeds were pathetic and now there's 10 at the local pawn shop worth 1/3 retail.
Since a tablet is a netbook with no keyboard, I think it's a waste of time trying to stomp on Android and iOS market share with Windows 8 when tablets will be dead in 1-2 years just like netbooks.
Well, at least now they can have metro design flaw complaints coming in from the Win8 Beta and the tablet side too.

Re:Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40290171)

I like how you're watching the future unfold before your very eyes and based on one markets reaction (netbooks) you are determined to crap all over another one. Tablets are awesome and have their uses. Are we going to be eliminating desktops and laptops with them anytime soon? No. Are they going to continue to innovate in that direction? You bet. Why? Because it's a great idea. It's such a great idea that we've wanted them since Star Trek. This isn't a fad or a hyped trend. We want tablets, period.

Re:Why (3, Insightful)

Daniel_is_Legnd (1447519) | about 2 years ago | (#40282455)

Windows 8 was made with touch screens in mind, and most people don't have a touch-enabled PC. Lots of people do have android tablets, however, so this is a way to see the touch screen features of Windows 8.

Re:Why (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40283073)

So I can explore the Metro interface myself using touch, and make an informed decision regarding the product before even considering a x86 tablet.

It's a shame to see your really dumb comment get moderated 4, Insightful. It's just another sign of intelligence fleeing slashdot.

Splashtop Drops Windows 8 Metro Testbed Onto Andro (2)

rullywowr (1831632) | about 2 years ago | (#40283275)

Splashtop Drops Windows 8 Metro Testbed Advertisement Onto Slashdot

There, FFFY.

Amazing discovery (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282291)

Scientists have discovered new types of organism living in one of the most inhospitable soils in the world - raising hopes that something similar could survive on Mars.

The University of Colorado Boulder team carried out a DNA analysis of rocky soils on volcanoes in South America - one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth.

And, remarkably, they've found bacteria, fungi and other rudimentary organisms called archaea, which actually seem to have a new way of converting energy.

"We haven't formally identified or characterized the species," says Ryan Lynch, a CU-Boulder doctoral student involved in the study.

"But these are very different than anything else that has been cultured. Genetically, they're at least five percent different than anything else in the DNA database of 2.5 million sequences."

Conditions on the slopes of the tallest volcanoes in the Atacama region are about as inhospitable as it gets. When snow does fall, it generally sublimates back to the atmosphere very quickly, and the soil is so short of nutrients that nitrogen levels in the scientists' samples were too low to detect.

Short answer (5, Funny)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | about 2 years ago | (#40282295)

"Want to try out the Windows 8 Metro interface on your Android tablet?"

Nope. Bye...

carpet cleaning (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282629)

Sonic Care has been Toronto’s number one Carpet Cleaning [carpetclea...oronto.com] company for years.

Re:Short answer (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 2 years ago | (#40285845)

But but but but but the people in the Windows 8 beta just loooooved the Metro interface. Oh wait, no, the other thing...they all hated it and nobody had anything positive to say about it in any review anywhere ever.

Do not want. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282371)

Do not want.

BUY NOW!!! (4, Funny)

CubicleView (910143) | about 2 years ago | (#40282377)


The app usually costs a whopping $49.99, but it’s currently on sale for $24.99, so get it while it’s hot.

or you know, don't.

Re:BUY NOW!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282407)

Once again another slashvertisement, why don't just state that this is another shameless slashvertisement, Sad to the see slashdot use cheap marketing tactic again...

Re:BUY NOW!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282483)

Those specials are always funny to read.

"The usual price is one million billion dollars, but it's currently on sale for only $9.99! - Dr.Evil"

And don't take away Aero, you bastards! (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 2 years ago | (#40282389)

A couple of days ago, someone pointed out shameful crap in the Google+ death thread about Bing and stuff, which weren't the result of companies saying, "I can do it better", but rather them saying, "I can do it, too."

Ooh, look, Windows 8. Microsoft can do a desktop qua smartphone, too?

Re:And don't take away Aero, you bastards! (2)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about 2 years ago | (#40282703)

I agree with your title, it seems like every OS has decided its going to try change for the sake of change for no good reason. There was nothing fundamentally broken in Windows 7 UI wise. Similarly, Gnome 2.X was great, 3.X sucks. I don't understand the obsession in trying to fix non-broken things. Metro might be great for a smartphone but sucks for a Desktop when you have something a bit more precision controlled than your fat fingers (mouse and keyboard). Why not work behind the scenes and make Windows more stable, give it a better architecture, make it more secure, but less annoying. Make it more customizable, etc.

Re:And don't take away Aero, you bastards! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282937)

Yep. Love it or hate it, win7 did alright. Now we have win8, and it's a gigantic piece of shit. You'd think they'd have better common sense than this.

Splashtop connects home too often (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282397)

This application dials home way too much. If you don't have an outgoing firewall on your devices you will fail to realize that it is phoning the mothership every time you connect to your desktop. Enough of the cloud connection for everything!

Re:Splashtop connects home too often (1)

dmacleod808 (729707) | about 2 years ago | (#40282469)

IIRC correctly, TeamViewer dials home too, but it is so much more convenient than setting up RDP on every machine I support, and has great connection management.

Re:Splashtop connects home too often (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40283133)

Of course it is. That's how it gets you to your desktop when connected remotely. Otherwise your home IP would by a mystery to your phone.

Re:Splashtop connects home too often (-1)

LocalH (28506) | about 2 years ago | (#40284357)

This drivel got +3 Informative at the time of posting.

I weep for the future of humanity.

so its VNC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40282625)

nice slashvertisment for basically a VNC/RDP client, except its not free in any sense of the word and phones home on every connection

way too much spyware/adware on Android and iOS to even contemplate installing this.

Trolls & Metro (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40283129)

Metro is an intuitive touch interface, granted I hate it on the desktop I wish Microsoft hadn't melded the two together so tightly...people on Slashdot getting modded up for trolling and saying things insightful ("not interested," "Windows 8 is a piece of shit," etc.) is just sad, do you have nothing better to say? Because of the modding up of troll, the circle jerk of trolls is perpetuated. Sadness.

Re:Trolls & Metro (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40289437)

Slashdot is full of anti-MS shills. In fact, the entire site is pretty much an anti-MS shill site.

If you are expecting intelligent discussions and "news for nerds, stuff that matters" then I suggest you find a better site than this. This site is fanboy central and it has been that way since the 90s.

$50 for a frickin' RDP client?? (1)

daboochmeister (914039) | about 2 years ago | (#40284245)

Huh? Or am i misunderstanding?

Re:$50 for a frickin' RDP client?? (1)

Belial6 (794905) | about 2 years ago | (#40287005)

Splashtop is more than just an RDP client. It also handles establishing connection through NAT, has better throughput than VNC, while having Mac and Windows hosts.

It is the easiest way I have seen to connect to a machine behind NAT without ongoing payments.

Want to try out the Windows 8 Metro interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40284635)

on your Android?


Metro on Android? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40287813)


Too bad no Samus.

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