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Apple is fighting jailbreakers, Microsoft embraces them

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Apple is fighting jailbreakers, Microsoft embraces them
"If you can't fight them... let them join the party" seems to be how Microsoft is reacting to the successful hacker attempts on its new mobile OS - Windows Phone 7. After the guys at Redmond gave away a "lousy t-shirt" to a member of the ChevronWP7 group, Brandon Watson, the WP7 director, went as far as to challenge the notorious iPhone jailbreaker geohot to try and hack WP7 handsets. He tweeted:

"#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev."

However, one company which doesn't appreciate geohot's (real name: George Hotz) cracks at hacking is Sony, and the Japanese company has brought him to court for offering the jailbreak for PlayStation 3. As we all know, Apple is also looking down on jailbreaking efforts.

We only recently posted that one of the true Windows Mobile heavyweights - the HTC HD2 - received its WP7 update thanks to some Chinese lads. As we know, third-party developers are usually first to post software updates/enhancements, so, for the end consumers, MS's decision can only be a good thing.

source: Neowin

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posted on 21 Jan 2011, 10:48

1. Core2idiot (unregistered)

I find it amusing how I just got rejected repair on my xbox 360 because its refurbished by gamestop, and now they are sending geohot a free WP7 phone. Oh the irony!

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 10:48

2. xtroid2k (Posts: 529; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

This is a revolutionary concept. Because this actually encourages illegal activity. Its smart though to invite crackers and hackers alike who are geniuses and can really bring WP7 to new heights if Microsoft utilized this method properly.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 12:45

3. petergriffen (unregistered)

mmmmhahahahahahaha, you said crackers.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 23:02

4. j.j. brennan (unregistered)

@xtroid2k: jailbreaking is not illegal. at least not in the US.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 23:43

5. xtremesv (unregistered)

Illegal OS bypassing is what made Windows the dominant platform worldwide in the first place.

posted on 23 Jan 2011, 18:23

6. kg4icg (Posts: 77; Member since: 18 May 2008)

This is nothing new, MS is basically following what Palm has done with it's DEV community.

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