Microsoft loosens grip on Windows ecosystem with unregistered developer unlock for devices.


At BUILD today Microsoft revealed that Windows and Windows Phone users will with Windows 10 be able to unlock their devices with a simple toggle, allowing them to side-load apps that have not been approved or cleared by Microsoft without any involvement of the company.


This obviously opens up the Windows Phone ecosystem to massive piracy, which may explain why only 20 unlocked apps are allowed on that device at one time.

At the same time the iron fist of the previous policy may be one of the reasons for the lack of popularity of the OS and allowing some level of piracy may give the platform a significant boost.

Hopefully the availability of an affiliate program for legally downloaded apps will prevent the proliferation of websites designed just to push out pirated apps.

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