Run Windows 8 Metro On The iPad With This Apple-Approved App

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Splashtop, the company behind various remote desktop apps for the iPad, has really outdone itself by porting the entire Windows 8 tablet Metro UI to the iPad. Kinda. While you can swipe away and use all of Windows 8’s gestures and even run your own Apps on there, you’ll need a Windows 8 PC to actually stream the apps to the iPad. In reality, it’s just like a virtual desktop app, only with its own native iPad interface.

Splashtop has really gone to town on this app, with the following gestures fully supported:

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

Even the name is suitably clunky for something to do with Microsoft: Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop.

The app isn’t cheap: you’ll need to spend $25 to get it. But the idea is that you can develop for Win 8 tablets without actually buying one, which makes it look a lot more reasonable.

Win8 Metro Testbed – powered by Splashtop is available now on the App Store.

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  • howie_isaacks

    Why? Metro blows.

  • Wolf Ilandl Butler

    Why ruin a perfectly good tablet by putting Metro on it? This is one of the dumbest things I’ve heard this week!

  • shannon_f

    I like the song in the video. Anyone know what it is?

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