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Microsoft Lets Android Users Experience Windows Phone 7 Via The Browser

We would never leave Android, but it doesn’t hurt to test out how thinks might have been if we were to choose another operating system. I must admit, Microsoft has done some pretty snazzy stuff by creating a Windows Phone 7 emulator – all within your phones browser. By visiting http://aka.ms/wpdemo, you will be prompted to start a guided tour through WP7.

Your device will soon switch from Android to the Windows Phone 7 experience you see above. Every tile is functional and Microsoft has done an outstanding job with a unique marketing ploy. Additionally, at the end of the tour you have a chance to win a free Windows Phone 7 device – because they know, we all love free things.

Via: Engadget

  • WP7 and even WP8 are bloated with way to much text data. It feels dirty with words and that makes it hard to focus for quick actions. I felt lost just looking at the start screen. Even more so as I feel deeper in to what seemed to be a never ending story book. Page after page of useless information that didn’t really seem to lead anywhere. No to mention the poor choice of contrasting colors, bad fonts and squares that make all the text data not worth the effort of reading it. I spent around 20 minutes doing the same demo over and over. There is but one conclusion I can’t seem to avoid. WP not only makes me sick just looking at it, but is with out a doubt the worst OS ever. Lets hope it dies a quick and painful death so we all can be spared it’s insidious appearance.

  • Anonymous

    I am disappointed with Microsoft lately. They could do some really amazing things with all their market share. Is it a lack of talent at Microsoft? It can’t be a lack of means that’s for sure. I dunno, I really like Microsoft but come on step it up!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t really care about WP7, but I think that’s one of the more impressive web apps I’ve ever seen optimized for mobile. I have a hard time thinking of a better one. I wish more developers would go the web app route rather than make a separate app for each platform.

  • James M

    the main thing that I don’t like about wp7 is the home screen layout. Those huge blocks they call tiles remind me of blocks my son plays with. There are only two rows and can’t change it to have more. Tjere is no way to really organize the home screen so that I won’t be scrolling up and down a lot to find what I’m looking for. And to try and organize the home screen is a chore. This whole idea still needs a major overhaul.

  • Anonymous

    So ugly, especially after using ICS for a few days. I can’t imagine switching over to WP7.

  • LinuxLover

    What a HORRIBLE UI…

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  • internet marketing belgium

    nice and we just dam right to say that android is the future of the mobile technology amazing it leads the whole mobile technology to top of the world

  • Brandon Sobotta

    in qHD phones the screens jacked up.

  • It’s a great improvement for Windows and it’s nice to see them thinking outside the box.  It would take a while for me to transition from Android to Windows but I can see this as not a bad option for a new smartphone user.  The biggest advantage Microsoft has is that they don’t allow phone manufactures screw with the experience, I would take Windows Phone over a bloated Android similar to the older Moto Blur used on phones like the Devour.  I would also choose this over the iPhone, but it doesn’t compete with stock ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Why doesn’t MS just turn this thing into a launcher and sell it on the Android market? They could/should even sell Zune integration. I would pay MS a couple bucks for a half way decent Xbox app. On a seperate note, if this thing was what people really wanted, a developer would have made a look-a-like rom for this by now. Just look at MIUI.

    • Dude

      GoLauncher has a WP7 theme that basically turns Androids into WP7. I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone mention this yet.

  • jb

    Very Impressive. WP7 UI is visually stunning imo. 

  • I’ve always wanted a Windows Phone but they don’t have any good ones on Verizon. I have my eyes on the Galaxy Nexus anyways.

  • Launcher 7…. thats all i have to say. lol. then iLauncher and Android 7. The list goes on haha

  • Dominick DeVito

    Maybe MSFT should spend more time concentrating on putting more phones out.

  • Jon

    I think WM7 is great, but it’s still not good enough to woo me away from Android. There’s better hardware, better OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), More apps, And killer integration with Google services, all on Android that Windows Mobile really doesn’t hold up to in comparison. 

  • Anonymous

    Nice try Microshit. Go back to extorting more money from people who would rather use android.

    • billt

      i was going to reply to you about why you’re stupid, but then i saw your avatar and username. sorry for disturbing you. 

      • Anonymous

        You hurt me dearly with your comment fanboy.

  • Rockrdr

    So having this Phone will I have to buy gold to use the phone, than more gold to send a text, and more gold to use the facebook app just like their Xbox???? Well>>>

  • Bigdaddyellison

    I have a Windows 7 phone for my work phone and my personal phone is a Razr (my OG couldn’t make it long enough to wait for the the Nexus).  I use my personal Razr and burn my personal minutes because the Win 7 drives me nuts.  I have been using MS products for years and I loved Win mobile.  Win 7 is too dumbed down for me.  It is like a less flexible iPhone.  Love Microsoft, hate their new phones.

  • Eric Kwan

    I think the Metro UI would look a lot better if it didn’t have a giant, empty space on the right side.

  • Jared Kirk

    Anyone else find WP7 confusing? 

  • Gunther

    Man, that WP 7 phone just made my Droid X laggy. No, wait, that’s just Motorola’s crappy Blur. 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Had the iPhone, currently using Atrix (personal) and Droid X (from work). Been through all the OSs. Thinking about getting a WP7 device next. Depends on what they release for Verizon.

    • If there were an LTE WP7 device I would be strongly considering jumping ship from Android. The handful of apps I use day to day are available on all 3 platforms, plus going back to the Zune subscription would be awesome. Being able to download or stream just about any song at any time as part of a monthly $10 is nice, and yes Spotify does the same thing, but a handful of album comparisons turned up that Spotify has more current music than older.

    • QQMore

      Yeah I’ve been seriously debating defecting to WP7.5 from my OG Droid.  I really want the Nexus, but I also really want a phone I can use Zune on.  I refuse to go to AT&T though so for now it seems Verizon has made my choice for me, this time around at least.

  • Booboolala2000

    I use the cloud more and more . I have noticed that my dependency on a PC has dwindled. Just like apple, this WinP is for people that are still hardwired at home. I myself am not so much any more and happily embrace the cloud.

  • Stupid Alpha build the camera doesn’t work! 😉

  • SugaShane

    Ahh, I’m not a fan. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ll more than likely switch to a WindowsPhone for my next device. I’m an iOS user but have an android tablet (Xoom LTE) and an iPad. I don’t care what OS it’s running as long as I enjoy it.
    Personally to me, I love the Xoom for its data speeds and customization. I like my iPhone for the quality and quantity of apps, and same with my iPad.
    The touchpad and playbook however, well.. They see underneath the bed the most :-/

  • Tim Spencer

    thinks —> things

    Seriously guys, can’t do a simple grammar check on a 2 paragraph article?

  • iheardit

    How is this related to galaxy nexus release date rumors? 

  • John

    cool setup by microsoft (this demo), but it just reiterates why i wouldn’t ever buy a win mobile phone. not for me….at all.

    • I agree. I’m not a fan of the look and the layout. Some people like it, but I’m not one of them.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. Not a fan of the UI.

  • Doesn’t work in Firefox. I got a message the my device or browser isn’t supported.


  • Anonymous

    i always thought WP7 was hideous 

  • “Hello… if you’re looking for our Windows Phone demo, your device or web browser isn’t supported at this time.”  This doesn’t work in Internet Explorer 9?  I find that odd Microsoft…

  • Wheres the droid charge Gingerbread??

  • I hate that UI so much. I don’t care if it’s great, I don’t want to use it.

  • This emulator likely has more users than WP7 itself.

    • Dan


    • EC8CH

      it’s kinda like Blackberry’s strategy with running android apps, but in reverse.

  • Giant Kn10

    That was a horrible experience.

  • Anonymous

    While I can’t say that I was disappointed I can’t say I would switch either. Nice effort MS

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of impressed by this.  I think the newer versions of Windows Mobile are really nice…I’d definitely own one if Android wasn’t around.  Frankly, I like their home screen much better.

  • Do not want.

  • Anonymous

    I never liked WP7. I was a windows mobile fan for such a long time.  I was then debating on Android and WebOS.  WebOS had no dev support and Android exploded. Never looked back.  WebOS would have been a great alternative.  WP7 is just terrible for me.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like WP7 is the firefly of mobile operating systems.

  • Mark

    I’d leave Android if something better ever came out. I’m not just using Android blindly.

    • Exactly, but right now I don’t feel the MS or for that matter any other company has anything as good out as Android.  I am waiting to see how GridOS and BBX compare, but I think in the end they will fall short of Android as well.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      your criteria will never apply to MS, so it is okay just to peak

  • Anonymous

    I’ll try it if I can look at more photos of that woman on the bottom left!

    • Anonymous

      Dude, the label on her is family. That’s your sister!

      • It could be third cousin, twice removed!

        • Jason

          Damn! You guys beat me to it! That chicks hot!

      • Anonymous

        how abt wife?

  • LookWhosComingFromBehind

    I actually find this really impressive.  I don’t think I’d ever jump ship from Android, but WP7.5 is a pretty OS.  I’ve been impressed by the progress and think it will eventually give Android and iOS a run as Blackberry dies a slow death.  There is room for three strong mobile operating systems in the market.  Not sure what WP8 will bring but the signs look pretty positive.  Nice to have additional innovation in the sector… makes everyone work harder.  (Can’t believe I wrote anything positive about a MS mobile OS. I’m as shocked as the rest of you.)

    • Anonymous

      I can see WP7 being a good option for people who aren’t very technically inclined.  Looks very easy to use, but way too limiting for my tastes…

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  • Edwin M

    I had the chance to troubleshoot a WP7 phone that my cousin owned. I didn’t mind it. There was an antenna issue but it was hardware related. It moved very smoothly and if I was new to smart phones, I might find it more intuitive and easier to use than iOS. However, Android is the love of my life.

  • Anonymous

    played with it…hate it…android ftw

  • neverknow

    Proof Read Please!

    • Anonymous

      I just prof red yur massage – looks fyne to me!