ChevronWP 7 Unlock aka Jailbreak tool for Windows Phone 7 has been removed after Microsoft reached out to the developers of this tool.
Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, contacted the ChevronWP7 team to establish a mutual understanding focusing on the team’s efforts to enable homebrew possibilities and broaden the development of Windows Phone 7 apps and tools.
ChevronWP7 allows users to side-load the apps without having a developer account. Here are the latest updates directly from the official ChevronWP 7 blog:
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 further discussions with us about officially facilitating homebrew development on WP7. To fast-track discussions, we are discontinuing the unlocking tool effective immediately.
We are excited to explore the opportunity to become more involved with the shaping of the platform and to build a feedback channel for developers around the world.
To reiterate our enthusiasm to enable new opportunities, we have made available a WP7 custom ringtone manager that shows off exciting platform potential. The source code has also been made available to guide homebrew developers.
It may be a good news for some and bad news for others but its best if Microsoft presents some officially supported solutions for WP 7 customization.