Microsoftsanctioned Windows Phone 7 jailbreak on the way

first_imgThe Windows Phone 7 jailbreak experience hasn’t been a smooth ride thus far. Early on, the ChevronWP7 team — Chris Walsh, Rafael Rivera, and Long Zheng —  delivered a simple Windows-based tool for unlocking phones in much the same way iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can with Snowbreeze  or ultrasn0w. Then things took a turn, with Microsoft approaching the trio and the two sides deciding to take the ChevronWP7 download offline. No worries, said Microsoft — some sort of official support for homebrew development would be released in the near future.Now, with excitement building and the Mango update being made available to developers very soon, Microsoft and the ChevronWP7 team are back at it. Over on the team’s official blog, they’ve announced the creation of ChevronWP7 Labs where a new jailbreak tool will soon be made available. The new release will still allow users who want to tinker with their devices or dabble with WP7 development to get started at a fraction of the cost of signing up for Microsoft’s App Hub, but this time around it’s going to be officially sanctioned by Microsoft. Apart from the fact that payments will only be accepted via PayPal, details are scant.AdChoices广告While it might have been a surprise to see a company like Microsoft supporting a development like this in years past, getting cozy with developers and the enthusiast community is becoming more and more common. HP followed up its server donation to the webOS Internals crew with a shipment of pre-launch TouchPads, Samsung shipped several top-end phones to ROM cookers, and Android bootloaders are getting unlocked left and right. What next, Apple sending prototypes to the Dev-Team?More at ChevronWP7last_img read more

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