Microsoft confirmed earlier this month that the company plans to block the ChevronWP7 application that unlocks Windows Phone 7 devices for homebrew third-party applications.
ChevronWP7 famously released their Windows Phone 7 â€œunlockâ€ tool in late Novermber that allowed owners to side load home-brew applications. The tool, named ChevronWP7, used a method to trick the OS into registering itself as a Windows Phone 7 developer device with the application rather than Microsoft directly. Microsoft normally charges $99 a year for the privilege of loading developer applications. ChevronWP7 pulled the tool at Microsoftâ€™s request just two weeks after it was originally released. It was later revealed that Windows Phone 7 devices â€œphone homeâ€ after around two weeks to re-lock unofficial developer devices, rendering the tool useless.
Microsoft representatives met with Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng of the ChevronWP7 team last week to discuss the tool and Microsoftâ€™s plans to support homebrew applications on Windows Phone 7. The ChevronWP7 team has confirmed that Microsoft is working on long-term solutions that support homebrew Windows Phone applications. Microsoft is also working on a short-term solution to continue homebrew support after the first Windows Phone 7 update. â€œWeâ€™re collaborating with Microsoft on an interim solution that will continue to support homebrew developments after the update,â€ a ChevronWP7 spokesperson wrote in a blog posting on Saturday. â€œWe will share details of this when it has been finalized.â€
Microsoft has also recently reached out to PlayStation 3 and iPhone jailbreaker Geohot. George Hotz (Geohot) joked on his personal blog that he will be purchasing a Windows Phone 7 device soon and caught Microsoftâ€™s attention. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet attempting to reach Geohot. Julien Schapman, a Windows Phone developer, is also planning to release a Windows Phone 7 Device Manager that includes a new way to jailbreak Microsoftâ€™s mobile operating system. Schapman confirmed to WinRumors that his unlock method is â€œdifferent and more reliableâ€ than ChevronWP7â€²s.
ChevronWP7â€²s developers praised Microsoftâ€™s approach of reaching out to jailbreakers. â€œWe appreciate Microsoftâ€™s outreach, genuine interest and involvement in this matter and we hope the community can understand weâ€™re working towards a win-win scenario.â€
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