Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Jun 2011 18:26 UTC
Windows Way back in old and boring January of this year, Microsoft announced they would be working together with the Windows Phone 7 homebrew community, with the goal of creating a stable, supported way for homebrew developers and people interested in homebrew applications to enable side-loading on their WP7 devices. Well, they took their sweet time, but the ChevronWP7 team (Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng) and Microsoft have just announced the results.
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by Paradroid on Mon 20th Jun 2011 08:56 UTC in reply to "LOL"
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Imagine if you bought a PC and they were going to charge you money for the privilege of installing anything not officially endorsed by The Man? People wouldn't put up with this shit on PCs, so why do it on phones?

Precisely because it's a phone - a consumer electronic device, not a general purpose computer. It's needs to be reliable and free from malicious software because it has the important task of making or receiving calls.

Despite the fact that I've bailed out of WP7 and got an Android phone, I think Microsoft now has the best solution to keeping everybody happy. Users have the official marketplace with properly vetted applications free from malware and spyware, and if you want to install something that will never appear in the official marketplace you now can.

The fact that you can't completely trust software in the Android marketplace is a disaster.

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