Microsoft’s stance on tinkering with their latest consumer products, namely Kinect and now their latest Wndows Phone OS (Mango) has been a developer/hacker-friendly position to take. In fact, they almost seem to welcome messing around under the hood with their latest Mango release to beta testers in their response to AllThingsD’s by Microsoft’s Bill Cox:
“We say tinker away with Mango and enjoy the juice, but beware the fine print — unlocking phones may void your warranty.”
I tend to appreciate their attitude towards tinckering and agree with WMPoweruser’s assessment that this loose attitude with their products may very well be what has kept hackers away from their services and keened in on the like of Sony and Apple as of late. Of course, Microsoft has been known to take security very seriously, so the “plucking the low-hanging fruit” theory is probably not too far off either. Either way, as Microsoft notes, “tinker away”, but do so at your own risk.