Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Nov 2010 22:56 UTC
Windows Since the US is stuffing turkeys down their faces today, we're a little low on news. As such, let's talk about this sort-of jailbreak for Windows Phone 7 devices. Like iOS, you can't sideload applications by default, and as such, we need to resort to hacks to unshackle Windows Phone 7 phones from the Marketplace. This has been made incredibly easy. Also, just to annoy those that don't like unicorns: PINK FLUFFY UNICORNS DANCING ON RAINBOWS.
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Sideloading?
by RIchard James13 on Fri 26th Nov 2010 05:38 UTC
RIchard James13
Member since:
2007-10-26

The ability to load non-marketplace apps onto the phone. Thereby letting in home-brew applications, or applications from other sources.

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RE: Sideloading?
by Karitku on Fri 26th Nov 2010 07:48 in reply to "Sideloading?"
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

The ability to load non-marketplace apps onto the phone. Thereby letting in home-brew applications, or applications from other sources.

Marketplace apps are digitally signed so you can't use them. Since this "jailbreak" is using official API won't take long for Microsoft to shut it. Better piracy protection is main advantage that WP7 has over Android, if they lose that why bother developing WP7 since it has much smaller user base.

Developers of this "jailbreak" are saying they only want to allow homebrew, noble cause. However reality is that 1% of users will use it for homebrew and 99% for piracy, look Wii or DS for example.

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RE[2]: Sideloading?
by BluenoseJake on Fri 26th Nov 2010 10:17 in reply to "RE: Sideloading?"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

MS probably won't close this, they are not nearly as paranoid about such things as other companies. They'll probably just complain about, while patting themselves on the back behind closed doors about how many phones they are selling.

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RE[2]: Sideloading?
by Laurence on Fri 26th Nov 2010 17:44 in reply to "RE: Sideloading?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Better piracy protection is main advantage that WP7 has over Android, if they lose that why bother developing WP7 since it has much smaller user base.

What about because people are more comfortable with .NET over Java or Visual Studio over Eclipse?

Or how about compatability to write one game that will work on the XBox, PC and WP7?

WP7 might have a smaller market share to Android, but Microsoft are trying to sell a device thats integrated into the greater MS framework. And .NET / Windows has a much greater market share than anything else on the desktop.


Whether this is enough for developers to switch is another matter. but there are incentives other than piracy.

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