Windows Phone 7 users can now side-load applications without having to register for the Windows Phone Marketplace.
A new tool, named ChevronWP7, has been released today to allow home-brew applications to be loaded onto Windows Phone 7 devices. ChevronWP7, developed by Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, unlocks the sideloading of experimental applications that aren’t published to the Marketplace. Applications that use private or native APIs are denied from the Marketplace but ChevronWP7 allows these to be side loaded.
Announcing the tool, Long Zheng said he believes Windows Phone 7 users should be able to tweak and further customize their device. “As I advocated previously, I believe having broader access to a device is both important to developers who might want to push the boundaries of what is “permitted” by just the public APIs, and users who may want to further customize and tweak their device (ringtones, custom theme colors, hardware search button),” Zheng noted.
ChevronWP7 is available at chevronwp7.com and will run on Windows XP SP2 and higher.