XDA-Developers have always been in a pretty precarious position when it comes to Windows Mobile ROMâ€™s, with Microsoft fully aware of them, but not doing anything about the ROMâ€™s being modified and traded freely, indicating at least some form of tacit consent.
It seems that consent has now been withdrawn, with XDA-Developers receiving a number to take down notices, seemingly for all the latest Windows Mobile 6.5.1 ROMs.
Not all cooks are affected, in fact most are not, but it seems itâ€™s the ROMs which are on the cutting edge in terms of Microsoft leaks which have been most affected.This may be due to Microsoft not wanting to reveal their cards before the likely February launch of Windows Mobile 6.5.1, or simply that Microsoft not wanting Windows Mobile 6.5 to look bad compared to the latest updates. Windows Mobile 6.5.1 has recently been in the news as the 6.5 Microsoft should have released on the 6th October.
Whatever the reason, insiders do not expect this to have a major effect on the scene, with delays of possibly only a week being likely, but it may move development away from XDA-Developers to smaller websites, which would be a real shame.
If Microsoft manages to plug the Windows Mobile 6.5.1 leaks this may very well negatively affect the Windows Mobile community, as for many its just the continuing development of the OS which keeps them hopeful the OS will continue to improve and be competitive with the other mobile OSâ€™s.
Read the take down notice here.
Has Microsoft lost their mind? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks Chris for the tip.