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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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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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

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...)

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.

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.

recursive said,
I remember Sony Ericsson doing this back in the day. This is what made me 'upgrade' to a K750i back then
http://www.sonyericsson.com/tr...hone/k750i/en/try/index.htm

Yes SE and Nokia have been doing this for a long time now. Nokia even has a service called Remote Device Access where they provide remote access to live devices and their facebook page has a special program where users can sign up to receive actual devices for trying out.

I have two android (HTC Incredible) and support alot of others from IPADs to Iphone.

My HTC Trophy Windows 7.5 is the best phone I've had. I've used WM before in omnia and others for years but feed up I moved to android (Which was a good phone and I like) However, it's complicated and I long for the day I can give my users a Windows Mobile 7 phone instead. I'm so excited with Windows 8, skydrive, xbox live and my phone. Finally it will all work together. The auto zune sync at night is amazing, auto DJ with cloud music is amazing! I don't even download most my music because I can listen over the cloud now.
The autosync of Camera images to Skydrive and intergration with ONENOTE make life so much better!
Android, Iphone, Itunes are really a joke vs my WM7.5 and Zune.
I'd like to see an avg cost for Itunes vs Zune based on a avg number of music downloads a month. Althought mine are unlimited.
I'd never spend $.99/song.

Jbenisek said,
Android, Iphone, Itunes are really a joke vs my WM7.5 and Zune.
I'd like to see an avg cost for Itunes vs Zune based on a avg number of music downloads a month. Althought mine are unlimited.
I'd never spend $.99/song.

I have the old deal where you pay $14.99 a month and get to keep 10 songs. I really like it and it saves me a lot compared to iTunes.

jakem1 said,
Another front page article duplicating a post in the forums.

Without giving credit to the person who posted it in the forums yet again. This is why I got tired of posting news stories in the Gamers' Hangout, because someone (usually John Callaham) always comes along, takes the article I posted, and posts it on the front page in their name and makes no mention to the fact I posted it first in the forum.

jakem1 said,
Another front page article duplicating a post in the forums.

I really don't understand what you problem is. Some people read the front page for news, some people browse the forums. Some people do both. The two stories that I've seen you bitching about so far, are both ones that I would not have seen were they not on the front page. It's perfectly normal for a story in the forums to me promoted to the front page, Kindly stfu, the world doesn't revolve around you.

DARKFiB3R said,

I really don't understand what you problem is. Some people read the front page for news, some people browse the forums. Some people do both. The two stories that I've seen you bitching about so far, are both ones that I would not have seen were they not on the front page. It's perfectly normal for a story in the forums to me promoted to the front page, Kindly stfu, the world doesn't revolve around you.

True, not everyone gets their news from the forums. But this is about giving credit to the right person. All it would take is a tiny line.
They just don't want to admit where they are getting their news from, so often.

Neowin is a wonderful community, and a person who takes time to post all this stuff, and for absolutely no charge deserve some recognition. Hum and Rappy are a good example of this.

aristofeles said,

Next time I will read the link.
Thanks!!!

Ya, the hint is the http://m prefix, as this usually implies it is a mobile site, and they often don't work well in desktop browsers, as the layout gets crazy if they are designed for specific mobile browsers and their inherent scaling and resolution.

Microsoft at least forwards users on to information and the desktop simulation and videos.

I'm an iOS user buy I've got to applaud Microsoft for doing something completely different. I've always been intrigued by WP7 and I hope Nokia can release some amazing phones to give the OS the boost it needs. For the time being I'll be sticking with iOS though.

DomZ said,
I'm an iOS user buy I've got to applaud Microsoft for doing something completely different. I've always been intrigued by WP7 and I hope Nokia can release some amazing phones to give the OS the boost it needs. For the time being I'll be sticking with iOS though.

here here! Im a BBerry user and I thought exactly the same when i tried my gfs lumia 800, next replacement phone will be a wp7+

DomZ said,
I'm an iOS user buy I've got to applaud Microsoft for doing something completely different. I've always been intrigued by WP7 and I hope Nokia can release some amazing phones to give the OS the boost it needs. For the time being I'll be sticking with iOS though.

What the hell are you smoking. Nokia released the Lumia 800 which has outclassed the iphone hardware by a mile !!!

Vice said,
Works just like the real thing. Still sucks.

How about posting arguments? Otherwise your comment on this news is just pointless.

Vice said,
Works just like the real thing. Still sucks.

If you hate Windows Phone 7 that much then why try it and post in here then?

Vice said,
Works just like the real thing. Still sucks.

Really, just like the real thing? How did Microsoft get it to run on Android with GPU acceleration, and the fluidity?

I bet it is an approximation of 'how' it works, the speed can't be mimicked on Android, even an OpenGL ES version would still be slower than the native Silverlight UI layer that taps DirectX. (OpenGL ES is quite a bit slower than DirectX 'Mobile')

Vice said,
Works just like the real thing. Still sucks.

I once tried iPhone 4. It was so incredibly fugly and unusable that I'm still struggling to recover from that horrific experience. Honesty, how fugly can mankind make as fugly a UI as iOS?

england_fanboy said,

I once tried iPhone 4. It was so incredibly fugly and unusable that I'm still struggling to recover from that horrific experience. Honesty, how fugly can mankind make as fugly a UI as iOS?

Quit being so melodramatic.

smooth3006 said,
I tried it and it sucks.

I wonder if you made your own Android app for trolling any Windows Phone story automatically.

Enron said,

I wonder if you made your own Android app for trolling any Windows Phone story automatically.


Indeed Lol. Smooth's anti-Window Phone bias is legendary. I think it's fairly safe to just disregard any comment he makes on the subject.

smooth3006 said,
I tried it and it sucks.
Tried it on an Android phone? I bet it sucks. The lack of hardware acceleration in the Android browser is appalling.

Enron said,

I wonder if you made your own Android app for trolling any Windows Phone story automatically.

I doubt it, developing anything that is functional on Android is a pain in the ass.

TCLN Ryster said,

Indeed Lol. Smooth's anti-Window Phone bias is legendary. I think it's fairly safe to just disregard any comment he makes.

Fixed that for you.

c3ntury said,
Extremely clever. Kudos Microsoft.

Yes it is. I'm sure a lot of people would try it out like this before making the switch...