WP7 homebrew still alive, IRC client now working

Microsoft may have made a deal with the ChevronWP7 team, but that doesn't mean homebrew is dead on WP7. As more power users get their hands on the platform, it is inevitable that homebrew applications will take off for the platform.

Despite what Microsoft may have agreed to with ChevronWP7, Tom Hounsell has gotten IRC to work on Microsoft's latest mobile platform. He used the recently pulled ChevronWP7 tool to sideload the application to his device.

As the platform becomes more popular, we can expect to see more features brought to the WP7 platform that Microsoft didn't include. It is always important to note, that unlocking your phone is done at the risk of the user, and may void a warranty and potentially brick their device. As the homebrew community for WP7 is still in its infancy, widespread support is not as available as it is for the Android or iOS platforms. 

Thanks for the tip Tamake

 

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mpg187 said,
I strongly disapprove of WP7 (I wrote about it here: http://operation420.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=1555)

The one thing good that WinMo had over iPhone was that it wasn't as locked down. Now they take away the one thing that made them better. I since switched to Android...

I'm using android as well at the moment. But once they add the features I'm looking for in winnow 7 I will switch back.

mpg187 said,
I strongly disapprove of WP7 (I wrote about it here: http://operation420.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=1555)

The one thing good that WinMo had over iPhone was that it wasn't as locked down. Now they take away the one thing that made them better. I since switched to Android...

I think it's a much better idea to open up a new platform slowlly so things don't turn into a mess like they did on WinMo all those years.

They threatened ChevronWP7 authors with legal action so they had to wash their hands of the project. Doesn't mean it won't be out in the wild, still.

Shadrack said,
They threatened ChevronWP7 authors with legal action so they had to wash their hands of the project. Doesn't mean it won't be out in the wild, still.

Legal action? They gave them cash.

“We are discontinuing the unlocking tool effective immediately,” wrote a spokesperson for ChevronWP7 on Wednesday. Brandon Watson, director of developer experience for Windows Phone 7, reached out to the ChevronWP7 developers by email this week. With the threat of a possible investigation by Microsoft's Legal team and the unpopularity of the tool in Redmond, the developers decided to remove the unlock to pursue further discussions on official ways for homebrew applications to be made available.

http://www.winrumors.com/chevr...oved-at-microsofts-request/

norseman said,
Whoever things IRC apps won't be coming to WP7 are clueless. Let's see some BitchX or ircii ports to WP7 please!

Yeah, I for one am hoping for a version of Trillian for WP7. They have versions for iPhone and Android, and with the history sync coming with Trillian 5, it would be really great.

norseman said,
Whoever things IRC apps won't be coming to WP7 are clueless. Let's see some BitchX or ircii ports to WP7 please!
IRSSI!

norseman said,
Whoever things IRC apps won't be coming to WP7 are clueless. Let's see some BitchX or ircii ports to WP7 please!

I thing [sic] it's going to be relatively difficult to get a decent IRC client running on WP7 at this point. Socket communication is not yet allowed, much to my disappointment. I don't know the details of the depicted IRC application, but if he wrote it using the available push or web service polling methods, this will be very clunky. I'm hoping Microsoft will open up the sockets classes to us so we can actually transmit data in realtime.

Skwerl said,
I don't know the details of the depicted IRC application, but if he wrote it using the available push or web service polling methods, this will be very clunky.

Exactly why I've gone homebrew. @jmorrill on twitter created a native COM library that could access CE's native Sockets API, which I've interop'd into a silverlight application. It'd never pass Marketplace Verification, but it's the only real way to do it.

Skwerl said,

I thing [sic] it's going to be relatively difficult to get a decent IRC client running on WP7 at this point. Socket communication is not yet allowed, much to my disappointment. I don't know the details of the depicted IRC application, but if he wrote it using the available push or web service polling methods, this will be very clunky. I'm hoping Microsoft will open up the sockets classes to us so we can actually transmit data in realtime.

Yes, right now it's hard because of no Sockets etc, but you have to think that they'll open up access to that at some point. There are lots of apps you can't do otherwise, or to do so would end up costing to much because of the roundabout way you'd have to do it.

GP007 said,

Yes, right now it's hard because of no Sockets etc, but you have to think that they'll open up access to that at some point. There are lots of apps you can't do otherwise, or to do so would end up costing to much because of the roundabout way you'd have to do it.

I certainly hope so. There are several apps and games I would like to develop for the platform, but it's either impossible or cost prohibitive (due to the Azure pricing).