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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RE[5]: LOL
by tomcat on Tue 21st Jun 2011 20:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: LOL"
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So you think that being able to program programmable hardware that has been designed to be user-reprogrammable is some sort of magnificent privilege that people should pay an extra for ?

I mean, I'm okay with paying an extra for reprogramming my microwave and fridge, because it requires special hardware and doc and all. But to reprogram a phone, all the homebrew community needs is a command line tool that enables application transfer to the phone, or does it itself if there are fears of DRM breach etc. This takes 20min to code or so when you know the hardware, and it is almost 100% sure that the WP7 team has already had to develop such a tool for internal use anyway. Why should you be charged a significant extra for it ?

There are engineering costs associated with not only opening up a closed phone but providing any kind of programming architecture. Not opening it up means that your test matrix is a lot smaller. You don't have to worry as explicitly about malware trickling into the ecosystem. You have tighter control over the quality of the apps running on the phone. And you can recoup some of your engineering costs by charging a developer license fee.

While that may be anathema to people who are used to giving away their time for free -- or expecting others to do so, that's simply the way that most consumer electronics devices work. If you want to play in their sandbox, open up your wallet and dust it off. These are for-profit enterprises. PCs are not analogous because they can be built with off-the-shelf components. Try building your own phone. It requires significant engineering investment.

Edited 2011-06-21 21:00 UTC

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