Feeds

Microsoft warns asks WP7 users to wait for the real thing

Hacked update disappears in flurry of threats

Boost IT visibility and business value

Hacking the NoDo update onto your Windows Phone 7 handset could prevent you getting later updates, and even brick the handset, but that's OK, 'cos the files have vanished anyway.

On Monday, one of the hackers responsible for the Windows Phone 7 jailbreaking application, Chris Walsh, posted a hack allowing anyone to install the latest platform update to Windows Phone 7, ahead of Microsoft's rollout schedule. Now that hack has disappeared and Microsoft is warning impatient users that they'd be better off waiting for Redmond's official release.

The threats are of the usual kind: "You might not be getting the important device-specific software" says the Microsoft blog posting, which recommends that users hold back or run the risk that "your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates... It's even possible your phone might stop working properly."

Jailbreaking – unlocking handsets to allow the installation of unauthorised software – is explicitly legal in the US, though companies are at liberty to make it as technically difficult as they like. The Windows Phone 7 Jailbreak software was withdrawn by the developers after Microsoft offered to work them to create a legitimate route for homebrew coders.

That work has yet to yield fruit, but the relationship is obviously still strong, as Walsh has removed the updating hack from his own blog – though the files are now widely distributed around the internet and the instructions on how to use them remain in place.

Those following the instructions report mixed success, with some delighting in being able to copy and paste ahead of Microsoft's official approval, while others are hitting errors and having to spend considerable amounts of time rebuilding their handsets.

The official update is slowly rolling out to users, and Microsoft has set up a site where frustrated customers can see when they are scheduled to get the new functionality, but not fast enough for some who are still prepared to risk everything for the joy of moving text between applications. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones
Met Police calls for mandatory passwords on all new mobes
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale
Broadcasters upset about coverage and cost as they shift up and down the dials
Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging
One of 6 backers for new 60 Tbps cable to hook US to Japan
Tech city types developing 'Google Glass for the blind' app
An app and service where other people 'see' for you
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.