It looks like Microsoft is embracing the homebrew interest its new mobile phone platform is garnering. Already taking initiative by meeting with members of the team behind ChevronWP7 — a jailbreak and unlock app for Windows Phone 7 — Microsoft has extended an offer to one of the iPhone scene’s finest.

Brandon Watson, the self described “Entrepreneur on loan to Microsoft,” reached out to George Hotz, aka Geohot, offering him a free phone in an attempt to lure him into the WP7 arena.

To me this reeks of a calculated move to get more people talking about Microsoft’s mobile offerings, as Apple continues to make headlines in the mobile landscape…

Watson, says his aim is to get Microsoft’s developer mojo back, but what can Geohot offer to WP7 development? He’s most famous for providing unlock and jailbreak software for the iPhone community, and recently made splashes in the press with his PS3 jailbreak, but he isn’t exactly known for his mobile app development.

Maybe Microsoft wants him on board as a security consultant? I think it’s more of just a ploy to draw attention to the platform more than anything else.

No word yet on if Geohot plans to respond to the offer, but he already has a lot on his plate with the whole Sony thing.

What do you think? Serious request, or a plot for attention?


  • Tony

    He should agree, but on the terms micro$oft pay for his attorneys fees. Haha

  • Thomas

    I think it’s awesome because he’d undoubtedly contribute a lot, but he’d be joining the dark side (it’s funny because technically us jailbreakers are the bad guys :P) and turning against us because you know they’d have him developing security measures against anyone “jailbreaking” WP7.

  • Jason masters

    Lol I was going to say that you beat me to the punch!

  • Adidas101

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend

  • Kazaga

    Geohotz is a legend. Microsft is a legend. Apple is a legend. What do all these legends have in common? They are all legends. Boom nailed it

  • Selcuk

    Didn’t Geothot delete his twitter?

  • Selcuk

    **Geohot** my bad.

  • SergProtector

    Microsoft knows that Geohot generates sales on hardware once it’s been jailbroken… so they want him to jailbreak it so they can sell more windows7 phones. /sony should thank him for jailbreaking the PS3, watch the sales of PS3 go up.

  • msxy

    that’s what i love about microsoft because they know that there is no such thing that can’t be hacked(jailbreaked).
    nice comment @adidas101

  • Eric

    U know,when deloping consoles and apps they need hackers to do some sorts of stuff. And I think it is too cheap to just offer a phone.iftjeu help geohot in his lawsuit Microsoft and Sony would be enemies

  • Bill

    I agree. Jalibreaking has already been deemed legal so why wouldn’t MS want to let the phone be jailbroken. If there are tons of cool homemade apps more people will buy them. Only Apple is douchy enough to want jailbreaking be illegal. Without the jailbreak community Apple wouldn’t have people to steal ideas for new features from. I had multi-tasking and folders long before Apple officially did. Apple stole those ideas you know.

    • Joel Bean

      “I had multi-tasking and folders long before Apple officially did. Apple stole those ideas you know.”

      not stolen, just withheld by apple in an attempt to sell the next upgrade.

  • Jason masters

    I’m jason masters and windows 7 was my idea!

  • Smoke

    Geohot is a mudafuckn Legend fo real. Best of luck with all your legal troubles my nig.