Russell Holly · Nov 29, 2011 at 02:28 pm

Run Windows Phone 7 in any Browser

It’s easy to develop a sort of tunnel vision when it comes to your phone. You make that purchase, and you need to justify the experience sometimes by defending that choice against an alternative. When you see something that you like, it might even be visually appealing enough to cause that twinge of jealousy, it’s common to dismiss that because you can’t have it. Yes, friends, welcome to the imaginary and sometimes overly aggressive world of the fanboy. I’m sure we’re all guilty of it, I personally take pleasure in it sometimes. However, it never hurts to look when no one else is watching, right?

Such is the case with Windows Phone. It’s hard to not be lulled in with the sharp colors, simple navigation, and growing developer circle. Making the jump to Windows Phone from another platform, however, is a pretty significant move to make. For those of us unfortunate enough to have a phone that has been violated in every possible way by XDA’s finest, we’ve been left wondering until now. Microsoft was created an interactive website that will allow anybody with a modern mobile browser to head to http://aka.ms/wpdemo and experience Windows Phone Mango.

For a mobile rendering, the experience is very smooth on every device I tried it on. If you try to use the site on a tablet, you will need to do some brief pinch resizing so the web app wits your screen, but then you can enjoy the same functionality. Microsoft has added tutorials for each major tile, walking you through how navigation would flow as you complete basic tasks like placing a phone call or adding an email account. Unfortunately there’s not a “sandbox” for you to play in, when you navigate to one of the tiles, the walk through begins. Still, it’s an impressive tool to encourage those interested in trying out Windows Phone to see how the other side lives.

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