Sometimes touring Google Play can uncover some pretty cool applications that you may have never known existed. That happened to me the other day when I came across Windows 8 Controller. This application is designed for people who have a Windows 8 PC, but don’t have a touchscreen to use it with. If you install Windows 8 Controller on your Android device and PC, you’ll be able to navigate through the Windows 8 Start menu by using your tablet or smartphone as a remote control. The full version costs $1.93, but you can try the free app with limited features if you’d rather test it first.
In order for Windows 8 Controller to work, your PC and Android device need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The two applications then sync up to relay your inputs from the mobile device to the PC. Windows 8 Controller utilizes the most common Windows 8 gestures such as swiping down to close apps, swiping to the right to reveal the charms menu and other mouse-like functions. There is also a special shortcut screen brings up things such as command prompt, task manager, control panel, volume control a virtual keyboard and more.
My experience with Windows 8 Controller on the Nexus 7 was mostly positive. Sometimes scrolling was a little wonky as if the app had to remember where the scroll box was. Clicking, dragging and swiping all work perfectly. This may be due to the app being developed for smartphones and not necessarily tablets. Still, for less than $2, this app has the potential to be truly great if the developer continues to support it.
Google Play Link [Windows 8 Controller]