Nov 29 AT 2:22 PM Dustin Earley 97 Comments

Microsoft is giving Android users a taste of WP7 right through their browser

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We already know Microsoft makes more money from Android phones (thanks to patent licensing deals) than their own Windows Phone OS, but the Redmond-based company is taking the way they use Android to the next level today. They’re giving Android users a taste of WP7 without ever having to leave the comfort of their browser.

That’s right, by simply going to aka.ms/wpdemo from your Android (or iOS) browser, users are greeted with a somewhat functioning, rather smooth Windows Phone emulator. None of the apps actually work, but you can poke around through a guided tour to get a feel for what it’s like to use Windows Phone.

At this point, you may be wondering why Microsoft would do such a thing. Well the answer is relatively simple. They figure that if more people can get their hands on a Windows Phone device, without ever having to use a Windows Phone device, more people will end up seeing the light and making the switch. While I can see the sense in this theory, I don’t imagine it working. But I do see something else working.

Next time your Android-using buddy is away from his or her phone, load up the emulator as a practical joke. See just how mad they get when they find out their Android phone has somehow changed into Windows Phone. I know I wouldn’t be too happy.

Via: Engadget

Source: Microsoft

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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