Microsoft tries to win more mobile users on its side
Windows Phone has just landed on a wider range of devices around the world, courtesy of a new demo website that Microsoft has put in place for those who would like to give it a try without buying a new device.Android or iOS users can now get a taste of Windows Phone by heading over to Microsoft’s website here.
Once there, users will be presented with the option to have a look at some of the sharing and connectivity options that Windows Phone comes with, courtesy of the demo that Microsoft made available for them.
“Welcome…Tap Start Demo and see how Windows Phone makes it easier to connect and share,” Microsoft notes on the landing page of the demo.
What users are able to access once they hit start includes the popular Windows Phone Homescreen that shows content organized in tiles.
Moreover, they will also be offered with the possibility to have a look at some of the main features of the mobile OS, including the People’s Hub, Messaging, Mail capabilities or Calendar in Windows Phone.
The apps menu available when swiping to the right will provide users with access to Internet Explorer, the Marketplace, Games, Music and Videos and other areas more.
There is also a Local Scout tile that will provide users with fast access to info on shops, restaurants or other points of interest near them.
All these can be viewed on Android and iOS devices now, but are not available for those trying to access the webpage via a desktop computer. (Only the native browsers on these devices seem to be supported. We tried Firefox on Android and it didn’t work.)
For them Microsoft put in place a series of video demos and links to other sites that might be of interest.
Although only a demo of Windows Phone, said site feels a lot like the real deal, and might determine some users to consider choosing devices that are based on Microsoft’s platform.