ChevronWP7, a software tool that unlocked Windows Phone 7 devices, was discontinued back in 2011. At the time, the developers indicated that they would be working with Microsoft on a possible official route to unlocking. The group met with Microsoft in January.
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 discussions with us about officially facilitating homebrew development on WP7. To fast-track discussions, we are discontinuing the unlocking tool effective immediately.
Months have passed and it appears we are seeing the results from the meeting that took place between the Chevron WP7 developers and Microsoft. Today, it appears we are closer to an official Windows Phone 7 Developer Unlock tool. An official statement from Microsoft was sent to WinRumors.
“On June 17th, the ChevronWP7 team announced its intent to deliver a tool to make Windows Phone development more accessible. Microsoft has been working with the ChevronWP7 team for several months to make it easier for the Home Brew community to explore the Windows Phone platform. We have been pursuing solutions that enable the community to develop and install apps on their own Windows Phone for testing and tinkering purposes, without jeopardizing the intellectual property of existing registered developers or the Marketplace in general. By working with the ChevronWP7 team, we hope to ensure that their new tool will continue to advance our shared goals for both Home Brew and registered Windows Phone developers.”