Back in the days when Windows Phone was Windows Mobile and you had ‘Windows Vista’ on your phone, the mobile operating system from Microsoft was known for the ability to be hacked. There was nothing which was not possible to do, bootloader unlocking, no problem and also custom ROM’s haven’t been a problem at all. These things have changed when Microsoft released their next generation operating system Windows Phone 7. The operating system was completely locked down and there was no chance of accessing anything like that. This was partly changed with Windows Phone 8, there some third party devices where hackable like, if you think back, the Samsung ATIV S for example where it was possible to customize the operating system for example. So that you could set rows of tiles on your homescreen.
If you are looking on to this scene today, it is more the part of Android to be hacked, loading custom ROM’s on a phone and all that stuff. With iOS it is still not possible to load custom ROM’s however after Google’s operating system it seems like Microsoft is next. Thanks to Heathcliff74 there is now a Tool called Windows Phone Internals which allows you to open the bootloader and brings as a result some cool other features with it, currently this tool is in version 1.0 and does support only a limited number of devices though it is working with most versions of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile already. Below you can have a look at an introduction video which has been uploaded by the developer on YouTube yesterday:
Basically the Windows Phone Internals Tool finally opens the ability for developers around the globe to create and develop custom ROM’s of Windows 10 Mobile. The thing is, Android does have that already, however this is ‘just’ a mobile operating system while Windows 10 Mobile is a Universal Desktop operating system and is bringing much more potential for developers to customize the OS. With a customizable operating system, Microsoft might get a chance to get back in the spotlight with their operating system and attract more developers for it. Sure, custom ROM’s aren’t a product for the masses, but the problem what Microsoft’s operating system does currently have is, that it can’t attract developers and this might change with this huge step in the right direction.
For a quick warning for those of you, who are thinking about using this tool, there is not much to do with this program since there aren’t any custom ROM’s yet so you should be careful if you want to use it at all. This can brick your phone and you will not be able to use it anymore so either be sure to read the introduction which gets displayed when the tools starts up or don’t even use it yet.
In case you want to use the Windows Phone Internals Tool though, it can be downloaded from the official website in the download section. Currently not all devices are supported by this yet, below you can have a look at which devices can be used with this program already:
|Lumia 520||Lumia 521||Lumia 525||Lumia 620|
|Lumia 625||Lumia 720||Lumia 820||Lumia 920|
|Lumia 925||Lumia 928||Lumia 1020||Lumia 1020|
And the following versions of Windows Phone and Windows Mobile are currently supported:
|Windows Phone 8.10.12393.890||Windows Phone 8.10.12397.895||Windows Phone 8.10.14219.341||Windows Phone 8.10.14226.359|
|Windows Phone 8.10.14234.375||Windows Phone 8.10.15116.125||Windows Phone 8.10.15148.160|
|Windows Mobile 10.0.10512.1000||Windows Mobile 10.0.10536.1004||Windows Mobile 10.0.10549.4||Windows Mobile 10.0.10581.0|
|Windows Mobile 10.0.10586.11|
So if your phone is within the list of supported devices and does have the right software installed, you are able to use the tool, but again, be careful and only use it if you really know what you are doing. Apart from an Introduction Video Heathcliff74 has also done a basic video where he is showing how it is basically possible to get Root Access and how you can create a custom ROM with these rights. Have a look at the video below in case you are interested.
What do you guys think of this story, does this open a new chapter for Microsoft’s mobile operating system and will it finally bring the attraction to the OS Windows Phone / Windows Mobile would need? Drop me a comment below with your opinion on this and stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.