Try out Windows Phone on your current mobile device for free

Switching to a new OS is always bit of a scary experience and if you like the look of Windows Phone but have yet to try it out, Microsoft has you covered. A new website, http://aka.ms/wpdemo will allow you to experience Windows Phone without having to buy any hardware (via Gizmodo). 

While it is not a native experience, it does provide a very immersive demonstration that does give you a solid look into using the new OS. Yes, the layout is different than iOS/Android grid organization, but it has also been receiving positive reviews for its intuitive experience. 

Microsoft appears to hope to win over users who have been wanting to try out Windows Phone but have not been willing to drop cash on a product they may or may not like. Microsoft must be confident in its new OS to let users try it out in this way, and are betting that once you actually try the platform, you will be more likely to switch.

If you have tried it out using the link above, what are you thoughts? Is this play by Microsoft more likely to make your next purchase be a Windows Phone device?

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Invizibleyez said,
Doesn't work from my windows phone. It tells me I already have a windows phone. Dang, caught me ;-)

It wont work in IE anyway since its using CSS3.

Pretty neat. Love the idea. I didn't know sony and nokia have done that same thing before, though. Let's see if the WP7 sales figure raise a little after this.

I could get used to that....keyword being COULD: now if I could upgrade my Galaxy S to WP7 for free, that'd be another story wouldn't it? I love android, don't get me wrong....and I also love the custom apps, but still....I'd use it, if I could dual boot! There's something to talk about in another place, though....and another time (if you will). Just trying to think "outside the box" that is...we'll see where it goes, I guess....(for the record, I'm rooted, OCLF and all, but refuse to move on from froyo, where at&t thinks I should be, in fear that knowing my luck, I'd brick my one and only phone if I tried to move to a better ROM....and I can't do that, it's my main source of communication...the insurance fee is 125 bucks if I brick it)....hell, I don't have 2 cents, let alone a hundred-twenty-five bucks...so meh....kinda stuck ATM (I'm on a family plan, with no job, so I couldn't afford another one if I wanted, the SGS that is...)

that doesn't look like windows phone 7! its not clean and elegant.. just fat text and picture boxes... hope it doesn't give it a bad rep

bjoswald said,
Seems like a smooth OS, well-designed OS but I hate the UI. It's not something I'd switch to.

I agree. It's an escape from the norm that Microsoft is taking a huge risk on.

I tried it and it's not compelling enough to get me to change. I would like to see and use a FB app, twitter app, a foursquare app, etc... What are the most popular apps being used today on that platform? Why not show them off?

UndergroundWire said,
I tried it and it's not compelling enough to get me to change. I would like to see and use a FB app, twitter app, a foursquare app, etc... What are the most popular apps being used today on that platform? Why not show them off?

The only way you'll ever get to try those apps is on an actual device, however facebook and twitter is built in anyway.

neo158 said,

The only way you'll ever get to try those apps is on an actual device, however facebook and twitter is built in anyway.

So how come I can't try a dummy account?

UndergroundWire said,

So how come I can't try a dummy account?

Good point, maybe microsoft should set that up!!

What did you think of the UI though?

neo158 said,

Good point, maybe microsoft should set that up!!

What did you think of the UI though?

For ages we always used icons on our PDAs, BlackBerry's, iPhone's, Android's, Symbian's, etc... I understand that Microsoft is trying to do something different with the UI in that respect. Personally I don't like it. I like to quickly spot my apps that I want to launch by looking at the icon. I also don't like that it pretty much takes every single space of the "desktop".

Since the UI is pretty much a version 1 product, I would stick to what is selling. Mainly because the apps are a lot better and the lack of 4G LTE makes me quickly dismiss it.

If they don't release 4G LTE before the 6th Generation iPhone, Microsoft will have to make a tough decision about their involvement with the mobile phone market.

UndergroundWire said,

For ages we always used icons on our PDAs, BlackBerry's, iPhone's, Android's, Symbian's, etc... I understand that Microsoft is trying to do something different with the UI in that respect. Personally I don't like it. I like to quickly spot my apps that I want to launch by looking at the icon. I also don't like that it pretty much takes every single space of the "desktop".

Since the UI is pretty much a version 1 product, I would stick to what is selling. Mainly because the apps are a lot better and the lack of 4G LTE makes me quickly dismiss it.

If they don't release 4G LTE before the 6th Generation iPhone, Microsoft will have to make a tough decision about their involvement with the mobile phone market.

True, but I got tired of the app centric way of doing things on my Desire and Windows Phone is more task and people orientated.

One thing that Windows Phone allows you to do is pin apps to the start screen which can be positioned anywhere, top, bottom or middle. Some apps also make use of live tiles, giving you more information than a static icon.

As for 4G LTE devices, i've heard rumors that Nokia will have LTE Windows Phones available in the US when they release the phones there in early 2012.

Tried it on iOS, can't see any of my mail. I can't make a phone call, can't see my pictures, and worst of all, still no Flash support. I'll stick to iPhone, thanks.

McG said,
Tried it on iOS, can't see any of my mail. I can't make a phone call, can't see my pictures, and worst of all, still no Flash support. I'll stick to iPhone, thanks.

Like someone else said, this isn't a replacement for the OS you're using, that's why none of the content on your phone shows up, it's just to get an idea of what the OS is like.

No Flash support on Windows Phone and there never will be now that Adobe has scrapped the Mobile Version, so you're sticking with a phone that doesn't have Flash on it anyway!!!

After using an HD7 that I've brought and sold on Craigslist for 3 days, I gotta say it's not for me. I'm an hardcore Android fanboy/user/lover etc. It's smooth, I love the fact that it has GPU rendering throughout the whole OS but it's still got a long way to go before it can be on the same level as iOS and Android. I gave it an fair try, the market place has some neat apps, I like the fact that almost every app features an trial and lets you judge the app before purchasing it. But also since I'm an heavy Google user; Google+, Voice, Gmail, it didn't have native apps and that kind of brought the experience down. Overall, it's not for me, and I'd stick with Android. But for anyone else who's looking into getting a new smartphone, WP7 would be great, it's easy to learn, almost as iOS and pretty idiot proof.

XDViPeR said,
After using an HD7 that I've brought and sold on Craigslist for 3 days, I gotta say it's not for me. I'm an hardcore Android fanboy/user/lover etc. It's smooth, I love the fact that it has GPU rendering throughout the whole OS but it's still got a long way to go before it can be on the same level as iOS and Android. I gave it an fair try, the market place has some neat apps, I like the fact that almost every app features an trial and lets you judge the app before purchasing it. But also since I'm an heavy Google user; Google+, Voice, Gmail, it didn't have native apps and that kind of brought the experience down. Overall, it's not for me, and I'd stick with Android. But for anyone else who's looking into getting a new smartphone, WP7 would be great, it's easy to learn, almost as iOS and pretty idiot proof.

Did you update it to Mango?

Mango added a lot of that missing functionality.

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