Microsoft to officially support homebrew on Windows Phone 7

By on January 24, 2011
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Talks with hackers comes to fruition.

Soon after the launch of Windows Phone 7, a group of hackers found a bug in the new operating system that would allow applications to be installed directly without using Microsoft’s ‘app store’. Promptly, the hackers released a tool called ChevronWP7 that allowed anyone to homebrew a hot cuppa of goodness.

However, instead of lawyer-ing their backsides, Microsoft encouraged the developers to cease the development of the tool, and come have a chat with them. And so the three musketeers, Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng of the hacking group, did, and it seems it went pretty well.

Microsoft has confirmed to them that the company will officially support homebrew developments on their operating system, though how they will go about it is not one of our business yet.

“We’re collaborating with Microsoft on an interim solution that will continue to support homebrew developments after the update,” the trio wrote. “We will share details of this when it has been finalized.”

We must admit – this is a refreshing approach from Microsoft that will surely attract enthusiasts and developers to the platform. Unlike Apple and Sony, who are sue-happy, officially allowing homebrew support, while keeping an eye out for piracy, will yield some exciting results. Pat on the back from us, Microsoft dudes.

Source: ChevronWP7 blog.


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