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Microsoft orders to have first Windows Phone 7 jailbrook tool pulled

Posted by Chris Smith

This isn't too surprising, now is it? Last week we got to see the a new tool released for "jailbreaking" Windows Phone 7 devices as well as allowing the devices to have apps side-loaded. Today Microsoft contacted the developer of the ChevronWP7 tool and asked them to take the tool down.

The creators Rafael Rivera, Long Zheng and Chris Walsh were contacted by Microsoft and since then they have decided to take down the tool "effective immediately". Microsoft has said recently that tools of this nature allow for the WP7 operating system to become unstable and that all sorts of unwanted things could happen. But, as ZDNet points out and most of us can conclude, Microsoft can't have their new baby OS have the ability to pirate applications, especially this early in its lifecycle.

One of the big things about Windows Mobile was that it was a "hackers" platform because of it's ease of unlocking. Because of that many users pirated and shared applications. Windows Phone 7 is built with the model of the iPhone and the Android Market allowing users to pay for and download apps. These apps are protected, and if most users could find an easy, free way to get these apps, they will do it.

Personally, I have learned over the years that supporting developers is something that gives me satisfaction; I don't mind purchasing apps from small developers, especially when they are only a couple of bucks. But many people go to some pretty extreme lengths to wave the $0.99 fee of an app they really want and choose to pirate instead. If WP7 can be easily jailbroken, it's only a matter of time before users opt to go with pirating apps than buying them legitimately.

By the way, if you think that this is the last jailbreak tool for the WP7 platform that we will see, think again. There is a market out there for these types of things, and knowing that, they market will eventually be filled. Also, this application was a freely distributable .EXE. Microsoft can't stop it from being up for download everywhere on the net.


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