Seeing to the lame progress on app release issue, several developers created tool to unlock user access to “side” applications that haven’t been approved by Microsoft yet. Hmm, that’s a nice move. Someone hacked the Kinect and Microsoft dropped the charges, by saying that the bold step was impressive and appeared innovative.
As far as the WP7 OS app access is concerned, there’s “ChevronWP7” program that lets people create their own applications. Microsoft hasn’t approved of the tool yet, they say that its risky. On the other hand, some corporate users are already interested in this toolset, as it will offer them something interesting to look forward to.
The developers of ChevronWP7 said in a blog post recently, “Unlocking allows the sideloading of experimental applications that otherwise can’t be published to the Marketplace, such as those which access private or native APIs.”
They also wrote, “So either you give everyone in the world access to your proprietary app — or you go without. With this tool, a company can unlock the phones they’ve purchased, install their own application on them, then distribute to the field.”
It all sounds good so far. The only “risk” factor that may pop up anytime, are the security loop holes. Mind you, there will be lots and lots of them because the toolset hasn’t been approved and Windows OS is also not that secure as compared to Linux and Mac. Imagine if a big organization has created a load of applications to handle their sensitive information. Weeks later, some of their data goes missing, just because a nomad exploiter used some bugs in their newly created ChevronWP7 based apps, to raise a ruckus.
From a general perspective, the application itself is a good way of urging Microsoft to create something for us. The company is way too slow and as far as their mobile OS platform is concerned, they seem to make progress on the basis of prayers and sympathies.