"Tonight's the night all systems fail."

According to the blog istartedsomething, an Australian developer has been able to gain root access to Windows Phone 7 and a full-on jailbreak is in the works.

It all started when a user on noticed that the Network Profile app by Samsung used native code, and not Silverlight-based code like all other WP7 apps. He noted that a DLL called "Microsoft.Phone.InteropServices" -- with the right manipulation -- could provide COM access.

In steps Australian developer Chris Walsh with the next breakthrough. Walsh takes the information from xda, and is able to load a valid WP7 app using a developer sideloading process on a device that has the ability to run unmanaged code.

The breakthrough, while essentially providing root access, stops short of a neat, bundled jailbreak. Sideloading an application on a common, non-developer device is the next step, but could prove challenged because an app of that nature would have a lot of trouble making through Microsoft's market certification.

Still, the possibilities of a jailbroken WP7 device are tantalizing. It is no longer a matter of "if", but "when" will it happen.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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