No matter how you look at it, Windows Phone 7 is getting harder and harder to ignore. Many Android and iOS lovers would rather turn a blind eye to the emerging mobile OS from Microsoft; after all, isn’t it Microsoft’s turn to be the underdog in at least one game? But despite ourselves, we may find that we’re at least somewhat interested in this tiled, vertical OS that’s popping up everywhere.
So what do we do? If you’re too embarrassed or just to lazy to head over to the store and play with an actual WP 7.5 Mango phone, Microsoft’s got you covered. You can now play with the Mango OS from your iPhone, Android device, other smartphones, or even from your tablet, and check out all the features that supposedly make WP7 unique among its contenders. All you have to do is point your browser towards http://aka.ms/wpdemo.
As you can see, this is the WP7 Mango demo displayed on my Android device. The demo lets you choose any tile you want, and play with a short, guided demo of the feature. You can check out the threaded chat from multiple protocols, the People tile which updates you on everything’s that’s up with your friends on all platforms, and more.
This is a nice move from Microsoft, who probably know this is one of the only ways many people will agree to actually try Mango, and it definitely provides an educational, though somewhat limited, WP7 experience. What do you think of this demo? Will it sway you in WP7’s favor?