If you own an Android smartphone or iPhone, and wonder what Microsoft Windows Mobile 7.5 looks like, you can now try it directly inside your phone without installing anything. Microsoft has setup a HTML5 website which offers a working demo of Windows Phone 7.5. It’s obviously not the same as the full OS, but it does allow visitors to experience the look and feeling of Window Phone 7.5 and access applications such as email and calendar.
Simply visit http://aka.ms/wpdemo in your mobile phone browser to try the demo.
If you don’t own a smartphone yet, you can also try it in your desktop browser. It did not work in Firefox for me, but works fine in Chrome. You can tap to access different menus. Once you are inside a menu, you’ll be asked to swipe or tap to discover the features of the operating systems. All demos are pre-recorded, so you won’t be able to go to your own Facebook account or access a particular webpage for example.
There are demos for messaging, people (list of contacts, Facebook access, …), local scout (localized info about restaurants, venues etc..), outlook (email browsing + Hotmail integration) , calendar application (to-do list and agenda), Groups demo (Family title on the screenshot) and a simulation of a phone call.
Even though if it is not like trying the real thing, I quite like the idea of a HTML5 demo, so I don’t need to go to the shop to play around with a phone where I’m sure a sales person will come to harass me.
Each time you have finished a demo, they’ll give you a link to some WP 7.5 smartphones in case you are convinced and want to buy one of those. Nokia, HTC and Samsung smartphones are available.
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