Here’s a really interesting and different approach to getting people to experience something new. The brains at Microsoft have brought the Windows Phone experience to iPhone and Android users via a special web app. Not sure if Windows Phone is the right thing for you? Are you curious to see and try Microsoft’s latest mobile efforts but don’t want to drop money on a new device just yet? This is the perfect answer to allow people to see and use the OS without the commitment that a new phone comes with.
Grab your iPhone or Android device and point your browser to http://aka.ms/wpdemo. You’re looking at a demo site pre-loaded with contacts and details to give you the full experience. The site is smart enough to know if you’re hitting it from a Windows Phone, or from IE on your desktop. The demo loaded just fine for me on the Galaxy Tab, and on my iPhone 4. Although, at first it was a little slow to download. I’m sure that’s just related to the large volume of people hitting it. I also had to turn of Private Browsing on the iPhone’s Safari settings to get the page to finish loading.
Each of the live tiles on the home screen provides a quick sample tour of that element on the phone. A little blue circle provides you with an indication of where to tap next and what features are revealed. For example, tapping the Calendar walks you through how the experience of viewing and adding entries to the calendar on Windows Phone. Tapping on the Pictures hub will launch you into the pictures and show you how you can quickly share an image on Facebook.
Don’t be shy, grab your friends iPhone and take a tour of Windows Phone today!