It was a bit of a surprise when Microsoft didn’t have a problem with developer Chris Walsh’s ChevronWP7 to “fix” NoDo installs that weren’t working, even inviting him to visit their headquarters. It now comes as less of a surprise that Microsoft is endorsing Walsh’s latest tool, especially since it helps to get those “hacked” phones back on the official update path.
The new tool, called “Walshed Phone Support Tool” solves the issue behind the “80180048″ error code in the Zune app, and an equivalent one in the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac app, that has prevented the upgrade from even starting.
The ChevronWP7 tool was used by Windows Phone 7 users who wanted to receive the NoDo update before it became available. The patch was delayed several times due to a variety of issues. Unfortunately, ChevronWP7, while working flawlessly, rendered devices as “unofficial” and not eligible for future updates. The new “Walshed” tool will fix that and put those devices back on the right track. So, Microsoft’s endorsement of both has become a win-win for them.
Perhaps the next platform update, known currently as “Mango” will go much smoother. Given that this was their first update I can grant some slack, but if they want to make a real dent in the mobile market they will need to get it together.