Between being nearly three years behind the competition and trying to erase consumers’ bad memories of previous devices, Microsoft has its work cut out for it with Windows Phone 7. The platform recently fell below 2% in overall smartphone marketshare.

The Redmond company has come up with a pretty interesting marketing ploy to attract iOS and Android users to its mobile OS: an interactive website. The page fully immerses visitors in Windows Phone’s Metro UI, and here’s how you can access it…

Simply enter http://aka.ms/wpdemo in the mobile browser of your iPhone (or Android device), and you’ll be taken to a web version of Windows Phone. You can browse through a number of the platform’s features and see what it’s like to own a WP7 device.

Interaction is limited to Microsoft’s pre-programmed demos, and you don’t really get the full experience of Live Tiles — one of Windows Phone’s best features. But other than that, from what we’ve seen, the site is a fairly good representation of the mobile OS.

We’re still not sure what to make of Windows Phone though. While we like its original, tile-based interface, we can’t help but feel that the rest of the OS seems sort of erratic. Even in the follow-along demo on the website, the presented data got a bit overwhelming.

What do you think of the Windows Phone demo?

[Engadget]

  • Howard Ellacott

    That’s actually pretty nice! I prefer iOS, but it whips androids ass.

  • This is a brilliant way to sell a phone ..the only thing is though ,I’am doing it on a i4s which is way better than this ,so this is not a good way to sell a phone ..

  • Malay Mody

    Not able to get in. It’s been “loading” for about 10 min. Any suggestions?

  • I actually really love the way the Metro UI works on a smartphone. Its a radically different approach than Apple or Android which I think is great. Although I still think I’ll stick with my iPhone for the foreseeable future.

  • Wow, if the demo constantly displays “loading,” I’ll stick with my “obsolete” iPhone 4 🙂

  • I prefer iOS but I wished they raise the bar in hardware. But they are excellent when it comes to software.

  • I have done this along time ago. I don’t like Mictosofta interface, just boxy and ugly

  • Benjamin Hoover

    I get an unsupported browser error? Maybe my ios is too old?

  • I actually never considered buying a Windows Phone, but this looks really good. Maybe I’ll switch if I won’t like the iPhone 5 or Apple doesn’t fix the battery issue. This is definitely a nice demo 🙂
    P.S.: Btw, how did you get it in full screen mode?

    • Anonymous

      Save to homescreen and you get full screen.

  • I don’t care for that OS at all, I have always thought it was hideous. Having said that, I do think the demo website is really eff’ing cool!

  • Srujan Mishra

    I have already switched to HTC Surround Windows Phone with Mango 7.5 a month ago. I have used an iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 for about 2 years cumulatively. I just love my Windows Phone and I have “NEVER”, i repeat, NEVER looked back.

  • there is a dreamboard theme based on WP 7

  • There’s already been a dreamboard theme for it