Microsoft to disable Windows Phone 7 unlocking tool in next update

By on January 13, 2011
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New update will fix a loophole that allowed unofficial code to run.

ChevronWP7 was the first hacking attempt at unlocking Windows Phone 7, and lived a pretty popular albeit short life before it was ‘scrapped’ by the development team less than a week after it’s release in November last year. The developers Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng has said that they had been approached by Microsoft, who were interested in establishing a working relationship with them.

But following the traditional hacking scene funda ‘if not them, someone else’, other Windows Phone enthusiasts wasted little time to bypass blocks that prevented the use of the tools, and so far is thriving with its own homebrew scene. But not for long, it seems Microsoft is working on implementing a new block in the next Windows Phone 7 update that effectively stop any hacks from working.

”Although this has been subtly communicated before, we’d like to reiterate Microsoft has informed us the “coding error” used in the ChevronWP7 unlocker will no longer work after the next Windows Phone 7 update (officially announced at CES 2011),” a post on the official ChevronWP7 blog read.

The blog also revealed that the ChevronWP7 developers are to meet Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7  team next week to discuss the homebrew potentials of the platform.

”In addition to our homebrew focus, we will also be pushing for stronger protection of WP7 developer intellectual property (IP) on the platform as we believe both can co-exist on the platform,” the post read. That last point is likely a response to the fierce criticism their work attracted, with many developers claiming any unlocking tool would be used primarily to pirate paid applications.

Source: ChevronWP7 blog (via Neowin)


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