Microsoft developer experience lead Brandon Watson told the group that his company would work with them on easing the development of homebrew apps, which wouldn't necessarily be in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Microsoft had issued a soft warning to those who were using ChevronWP7, warning they were violating their warranties, but had stopped short of taking any action to shut it down outright. The new response is unique in endorsing unofficial apps instead of cracking down. Removing ChevronWP7, developers say, help to ease the deal with Microsoft. It's good to see Microsoft being open to homebrew apps, much in the same way that Palm is with its webOS platform and contrary to Apple's stance.