This is a fantastic day to be part of the Windows Phone 7.x ownership group. If you are just getting your feet wet into the world of Windows Phone, you probably have a locked down device where you can do little to nothing on it. Well, the time has finally come for the chains to be broken and the programmer’s loose. As it turns out, according to a thread started by XDA member MrMunchkin the Chevron unlocker which was deemed illegal by Microsoft shortly after its release, was re-released with the Chevron team. This time, it is out in the wild with Microsoft’s blessing on it. The team apparently ended up striking a deal so that Microsoft would allow them to distribute this without penalties or legal action. However, we can only imagine the amount of paperwork that the poor guys must have gone through in order to get this to fly. The basic premise of this tool is that it will allow unsigned code to run on developer unlocked devices. Meaning, if you are a developer and wanted to test out your most recent app in a real device and not on an emulator, you can now do it. It will also allow users to side-load applications, meaning they no longer need to go to the market exclusively to get apps on their device (installable via .xap files).
It looks like the software giant finally recognized the importance of the developer community due to not-so-great sales of Windows Phone 7 devices. In fact, it is close to impossible to do anything on a new WP device unless it comes loaded from factory with NoDo or earlier release of the OS, for which the old Chevron could work as well as other “unlocknig” methods. The only issue is that this is a paid service, and while we do not normally like to talk about paid services in the Portal, this was important enough for the Windows Phone community, that we thought it was necessary. The cost is just a mere US$9 and you must have a LiveID account, which if you have a WP device, you most likely do anyways. The “token” that you buy for the US$9 will be good for a single device, so do not expect to have it work on multiple devices. You can reuse the token on your device as many times as you need/want.
Well, what are you waiting for? Go for your developer account and start using your Windows Phone the way it was meant to be.
Hey folks, we want to brief you on an important milestone we’ve reached.
Early this morning, we officially signed off on the final deployment of ChevronWP7 Labs. This marks the point in the development process where we leave the keys in the ignition and bail. Just kidding. Seriously though, we are very happy to announce the immediate availability of ChevronWP7 Labs.
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