If Microsoft’s recent $25 store credit promotion wasn’t enough to convince you to switch over to Windows Phone 7, maybe you’d like to get a hands-on experience with the operating system. Microsoft has recently put up a website that allows you to do just that. No, you don’t need to hack your phone or load a custom ROM; all you have to do is visit the website on your smartphone’s web browser (or your computer if you don’t have one) and you’ll be treated with a web app that emulates the Windows Phone operating system on your web browser.
Through the app, you can access native apps like Phone, People, Messaging, Calendar, Picture and Outlook. It even supports left/right swiping – gestures that you’ll be using frequently on Windows Phone 7 itself. The funny thing about this web app is that while it works on default iOS and Android browsers, it’s been reported as not working properly on the Windows Phone Mango browser (then again, it’s not like you need to). Head over to http://aka.ms/wpdemo on your smartphone or browser to check it out. If this is your first time “using” Windows Phone 7, let us know what you think of it!