There is still some time to go before the first Windows 8 based tablets are introduced, but if you want to find out how Windows 8 Metro interface looks and feels on a tablet then there is now an app for that.

Splashtop – developers of popular remote desktop app, has released a new iPad app called Win8 Metro Testbed that allows users to remote control Windows 8 (Consumer Preview)  on the iPad using native Windows 8 Metro touch gestures such as:

  • Swipe from the right for the Charms menu
  • Swipe from the left to switch apps
  • Pull down from the top to close the app
  • Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side
  • Pinch to do Semantic Zoom

It works like any other desktop remote control app. You need to download the Win8 Metro Test Bed on your iPad, download and install a free Splashtop Streamer client software on your Windows 8 PC and ensure that the iPad and the Windows 8 PC is on the same Wi-Fi network.

As you can see in the video below, the Windows 8 Metro UI experience on the iPad is quite impressive:


Win8 Metro Testbed iPad app doesn’t come cheap, it is available for a introductory price of $24.99 (regular price – $49.99). But it’s a nifty solution for developers who want to test their apps or users who are eager to play with Microsoft’s Metro interface on the iPad.

You can download Win8 Metro Testbed iPad app using this App Store link and don’t forget, you need a PC installed with Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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