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WP7 Hack allows side-loading apps… Microsoft warns us not to try

November 30, 2010 No Comments


We can now announce that Windows Phone 7 has been officially hacked. Chevronwp7.com has released a tool that allows us to install apps that aren’t offered in the WP7 marketplace. This “hack” has been labeled as enabling piracy but the creators have this to say on their blog.

  • We do not condone piracy.
    We are all app developers ourselves and value the financial incentives of app development.
  • We will not help or support efforts to pirate WP7 applications
    Our intention is to enable and create WP7 homebrew applications that cannot be submitted to the Marketplace in the first place.
  • ChevronWP7 is not an enabler for piracy
    Our tool only enables functionality inside every Windows Phone 7 device designed and implemented by Microsoft. We do not make any modifications to the operating system.
  • Unlocking and piracy are mutually exclusive
    All Marketplace application XAP packages are sufficiently protected so that you cannot sideload to run them on any unlocked device (official or with our tool). We have no intentions or knowledge to break that protection. (You can still run legitimately purchased and downloaded applications after unlocking)

Since the release of the hack, Microsoft has issued the following statement:

“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.”

It doesn’t sound like Microsoft is going to counter-attack anytime soon, but we will keep you posted

You can find the hack tool here. Please use at your own risk (please read and re-read Microsoft’s statement.)  

UPDATE:ChevronWP7 has been removed from the site after talks with Microsoft, In hopes that Microsoft opens the platform a bit to allow home-brew applications.

Source: chevronwp7, winrumors


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