Remember back in November when we reported about ChevronWP7, the unlocker for installing apps bypassing Marketplace approval? The people behind it paid a visit to Microsoft land in Redmond discussing the opening of Windows Phone 7 to third-party apps and among other things each one of them received a “lousy T-shirt”.
Well, that is what you get for jailbreaking Windows Phone 7. The developers pulled ChevronWP7 on December 1st last year after Microsoft's Brandon Watson committed to discussing homebrew development on the platform. The talks are being held these days and hopefully we will see some advancements soon, so stay tuned.
While we wait, take a look at the official statement of ChevronWP7 creators Long Zheng, Rafael Rivera and Chris Walsh explaining their intentions:
“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 [sic] discussions with us about officially facilitating homebrew development on WP7. To fast-track discussions, we are discontinuing the unlocking tool effective immediately.
We are excited to explore the opportunity to become more involved with the shaping of the platform and to build a feedback channel for developers around the world.”