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Thursday, 02 December 2010 11:29

Windows Phone 7 jailbreak pulled

Written by Nick Farell
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Developers leant on by Microsoft
The creators of a jailbreak for Windows Phone 7 have pulled their creation after a stiffly worded letter from Microsoft ruined their day.

According to Ars Technica, ChevronWP7, was released last week. It was billed as a tool to allow development and installation of Windows Phone 7 applications on any phone, without having to go through the Microsoft approval process. As far as tools go, it was not well-received.  Some felt it was a step towards enabling application piracy on the new platform.

ChevronWP7's developers wanted homebrew development which meant that people could write applications without having to pay $99 to Microsoft for a Windows Phone 7 Marketplace account, without distribution via Marketplace, and without having to submit their software to Microsoft for validation. Next they wanted the software to be able to be developed by residents of those countries that are not currently eligible for Marketplace accounts.

But the ability to load custom applications without going through Marketplace is what raised piracy concerns. Microsoft is a little worried that with the OS new,  piracy for that platform could send third-party developers running for the hills. ChevronWP7 enables pirates to load applications without going through the official channels.

The ChevronWP7 developers claimed that their tool did not enable piracy as it did nothing to take down theDRM imposed on applications downloaded from the Marketplace. But really ChevronWP7 applications could do anything. An application developed and deployed with ChevronWP7 could modify the operating system in some way to allow anything a pirated wanted.

The Imperium was quite low key publically about the jailbreak. It just muttered stuff about breaking warranty and it could brick your phone. However it seems that behind the scenes it released the hounds.

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+7 #1 Fud_u 2010-12-02 12:00
I guess Gates still have more power than Lord Jobs.
 
 
+13 #2 hellfire 2010-12-02 12:04
Quoting Fud_u:
I guess Gates still have more power than Lord Jobs.

esp. considering that Gates left Microsoft 2 years ago?
 
 
+4 #3 codechimp 2010-12-02 16:01
This article is pure drivel. First, the chevron app IS NOT a jailbreak. All it did was unlock developer mode. Second, it gave the user no more rights than a regular user. A developer (who paid $99), can also side load apps, so when you say, "Could modify the operating system in some way to allow anything a pirated wanted." So could a developer, but chevron didn't do that. The underlying OS was still locked out to the user. Please get your facts straight Nick. OH, and FYI, it was well received because people want to home brew (Eg: write apps for themselves without MS approval, the current marketplace has a poor workflow). MS also later decided to hold talks with the chevron team regarding homebrewed apps. This is NOT a piracy or jailbreak tool.
 
 
-3 #4 Fud_u 2010-12-02 16:37
Quoting hellfire:
Quoting Fud_u:
I guess Gates still have more power than Lord Jobs.

esp. considering that Gates left Microsoft 2 years ago?


It doesn't mean MS does not belongs to him.
 
 
-2 #5 hellfire 2010-12-02 20:49
Quoting Fud_u:
Quoting hellfire:
Quoting Fud_u:
I guess Gates still have more power than Lord Jobs.

esp. considering that Gates left Microsoft 2 years ago?


It doesn't mean MS does not belongs to him.


It mean MS belongs to Steve Balmer for this 2 years
 
 
0 #6 Wolfdale 2010-12-03 01:55
Quoting hellfire:
It mean MS belongs to Steve Balmer for this 2 years



well your both right really,

steve balmer is the CEO and chairman of MS for the past few years,
however, mr gates still holds a large portion of the shares, and is still a voice in the board of directives etc
hes not in active duty as a ceo, but you bet he still has a thing or two to say there :)
 
 
0 #7 codechimp 2010-12-03 05:17
Much better Nick, Your additions to this article, sheds a lot more light on the situation. Thanks!
 

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