Microsoft to Fully Support Homebrew Development

Earlier this week, Microsoft made a statement regarding the homebrew and unlocking efforts on Windows Phone 7, saying that they wouldn’t actively restrict their user’s freedom. It was a relatively laid-back approach, compared to Apple’s stance against jailbreaking.

Evidently, the creators of ChevronWP7 (the greenpois0n of the WP7 world) were contacted by Microsoft’s Director of Developer Experience to discuss the 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.

Say what you will about Microsoft and WP7, but supporting the homebrew community like this is undeniably cool of them. Sadly, I wouldn’t expect Apple to follow in their footsteps.


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