The ChevronWP7 team earlier this year met the Windows Phone team at Redmond, promising that they will continue to work with Microsoft to provide "long-term solutions that support mutual goals of broadening access to the platform while protecting intellectual property and ensuring platform security." While details of the discussion was under NDA, the team has finally announced on Friday early details of what's to come for the homebrew community:
As you may remember, one of our goals was to make Windows Phone development more accessible. Plans have recently solidified and we can now reveal a solution we've been working on.
As announced on the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, we will soon be launching an approved Windows Phone unlocking service as part of ChevronWP7 Labs. This'll be available to developers across all skill levels and all regions.
The service will require a small fee -- currently via PayPal -- to offset costs but we assure you it will be more affordable than the App Hub. Those who wish to write and immediately publish apps are recommended to sign up to the App Hub instead.
The team also announced the ChevronWP7 Labs, that you can check here, is powered by Windows Azure.