ChevronWP7 – Pulls the WP7 unlock tool and works with Microsoft to enable sideloading in future update.

Pursuing the future of homebrew on Windows Phone 7

Earlier today, we were contacted by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, to discuss the ChevronWP7 unlocking tool.

Through this discussion, we established a mutual understanding of our intent to enable homebrew opportunities and to open the Windows Phone 7 platform for broader access to developers and users.

To pursue these goals with Microsoft’s support, Brandon Watson has agreed to engage in futher discussions with us about officially facilitating homebrew development on WP7. To fast-track discussions, we are discontinuing the unlocking tool effective immediately.

We are excited to explore the opportunity to become more involved with the shaping of the platform and to build a feedback channel for developers around the world.
 
To reiterate our enthusiasm to enable new opportunities, we have made available a WP7 custom ringtone manager that shows off exciting platform potential. The source code has also been made available to guide homebrew developers.

We look forward to sharing some good news soon.

Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, Long Zheng

This is interesting news! I didn’t expect such an outcome this fast.

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